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Man shoots himself in head after police chase through Carbon County

Published April 7, 2012 8:43 pm

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A man was in critical condition Saturday after authorities said he climbed out of vehicle, placed a gun to his head and pulled the trigger following a police chase through Carbon County.

Utah Highway Patrol troopers said the incident started about 12:15 p.m. after a trooper spotted the man in Price and believed he was driving a stolen vehicle and should be considered armed and dangerous.

When the trooper tried to stop the man, he drove away and authorities pursued him.

Troopers said the chase reached speeds of up to 45 mph as the man drove through a large part of Price and Carbon County.

Officials said the man stopped about 30 minutes later near U.S. Highway 6, east of Price. As officers tried to talk the man into surrendering, they said he got out of his vehicle, raised a .22-caliber revolver to his head and shot himself.

Saturday afternoon, the man was in critical condition and was being flown to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment. Medical professionals told authorities they did not expect the man would survive.

No law enforcement officers discharged their weapons, UHP said.

The Emery County Sheriff's Office will investigate the incident.

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