DELAWARE, OH (WCMH) – The Delaware County Coroner says a man who was involved in a high-speed chase in Marion and Delaware Counties shot himself in the head.
According to the Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the pursuit started on U.S. 23 in Marion County around 9:50 pm Monday.
Troopers had tried to pull a car over after the driver had failed to move over for a trooper who was stopped on the side of the road. The vehicle continued into Delaware County, reaching speeds of up to 80 mph.
The Delaware Post of the OSHP was then called in to assist their officers and put out stop sticks. The suspect’s tires were punctured, slowing down the vehicle. Officers were able to catch up, when the suspect turned onto U.S. 42. This is where the suspect crashed into a pole.
According to officials, gun fire had been exchanged before the crash so they believed the suspect was armed. They called in SWAT after surrounding the vehicle. Eventually after getting no response from the suspect, they made an approach towards the car with a robot and SWAT officers.
The suspect, 26-year-old Omar Alshammary was found dead in the car.
According to the Delaware County Coroner’s Office, the preliminary cause of death was determined to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.