Suspect dead after high-speed chase ends on U.S. 50 in Carson City
The suspect involved in a high-speed chase that spanned three counties may have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Ken Furlong with the Carson City Sheriff's Office.
Furlong says the driver has been identified as a 23-year-old white male, but positive identification and official cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner's Office conclusions.
Furlong says a semi-automatic pistol and an AR-15 style rifle were recovered in the rental SUV, along with a single ejected 9mm bullet casing. He adds the evidence recovered suggests the suspect shot himself in the head.
The pursuit began on the USA Parkway after a routine traffic stop by a Story County Deputy. Immediately after it was suspected that the driver of the vehicle had at least two outstanding warrants out for his arrest in California, and was described as “armed and dangerous.”
Furlong says the driver sped away in his rental SUV, followed by the Story County Deputy and the Nevada Highway Patrol.
The Story County Sheriff’s Office discontinued the pursuit at the Story and Lyon County line. Lyon County Deputies and NHP followed the suspect South to Highway 50, and then east through Dayton and into Mound House.
Attempts to disable the vehicle with road spikes by NHP failed, and the suspect entered into Carson City at speeds estimated above 100 miles per hour, according to Furlong. A Carson City Deputy fired a single shotgun round after road spikes pere deployed, but the suspect reportedly get driving.
Approximately one-quarter mile into Carson City, the suspect’s vehicle, pursued by Carson City Sheriff’s, collided with the concrete highway center divider, crossed on-coming traffic lanes, and came to rest on the east side of the highway.
Deputies made contact with the driver, but found him deceased in the vehicle, according to Furlong, and an autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning. No other injuries were reported.
Due to the broad span of investigative activities, Furlong says the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Investigations Division, has assumed primary responsibility for the investigation.
Agencies involved in the incident included Story, Lyon and Carson Counties, and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with Washoe County Criminalists and Nevada Highway Patrol Major Incident Reconstruction Team (MIRT) are assisting in the Investigation.