Saturday, September 3, 2011

Man dead after low-speed pursuit

On Friday, September 2, 2011, at about 5:23 a.m., a Morgan County deputy requested that Brighton officers check on the well-being of a man he planned to speak to later that day, who was reportedly staying at the Comfort Inn in Brighton.

When officers arrived at the motel, the subject of the welfare check was not present; a woman who had been with the subject at the motel informed officers the man left, and provided police his cell phone number. Officers made contact with the man by telephone, and were able to locate him in his vehicle a short time later.

The man refused to stop when police attempted to pull him over, but maintained phone contact with police for approximately 25 minutes as officers followed from a short distance, at speeds of 40 mph. or less. The man eventually drove to an area behind a local business near Highway 85 and 124th Ave. When officers approached the truck after getting no response from the man for several minutes, they discovered him unresponsive in the vehicle with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was later pronounced dead at the scene. The subjects name is not being released at this time.

No other injuries to citizens or officers resulted from the incident.

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