Man dies of self-inflicted gun wound during police pursuit

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BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A police pursuit that spanned multiple jurisdictions ended when the suspect shot himself.

The incident began around 9:45 p.m. Monday when a Clay County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle in the Coalmont area for false and fictitious vehicle registration.

The driver, later identified as 37-year-old William Ward, came to a brief stop before driving off at what police described as a slow rate of speed. The slow chase lasted nearly 45 minutes and crossed through several jurisdictions.

In a rural area of northeast Sullivan County, authorities prepared to use stop sticks to disable the vehicle; however, before the vehicle hit the stop sticks, the driver stopped.

Authorities heard a single gunshot and immediately took cover before they realized the shot was not directed at them.

Ward was found in his car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to Regional Hospital in Terre Haute where he later died as a result of the injuries.

The Indiana State Police is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

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