Owensboro man dies by suicide after traffic stop reveals felony warrants

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OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King, a man was pulled over for having expired tags. During the routine traffic stop it was discovered that he was wanted on felony charges.

Police say when the officer asked the man to step out of the car, the man put the car in drive. When the officer tried to turn off the car, the man hit the gas and dragged the officer a short distance.

King says after a short pursuit the man fled the vehicle on foot with a pistol in his hand. As he walked down Walnut St. he held the gun to his head saying he was going to kill himself because he didn’t want to go back to jail.

As this was happening, another officer turned down Walnut St, coming face to face with the man. Various sources report the officer came within 15 feet of the man when he took his own life.

The officer in the vehicle did fire his weapon, but it is uncertain at this time if the shot fired struck the man after he had already shot himself.

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(This story was originally published on September 20, 2020)

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