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Nash County chase ends with wreck, burglary, suicide

Posted April 7, 2011 5:33 a.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2011 11:20 a.m. EDT

— A man who fled from Nash County sheriff's deputies around midnight Wednesday ended up wrecking his car, then breaking into a house and committing suicide, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities said that deputy checking out a call about a suspicious person found a man wearing a ski mask and gloves in a car behind the L&L convenience store in Sandy Cross.

The man sped away, and deputies chased him until he wrecked on West Mount Drive, near Interstate 95, the sheriff's office said. Deputies surrounded the area and called in K-9 units to search for the man.

Meanwhile, they got a call about a burglary going on in a home at 6015 Leon Road, about a mile and a half from the wreck scene, authorities said.

The homeowner managed to get out and tell deputies that the intruder was still inside. Deputies entered the house and confronted the man.

He pulled out a handgun and shot himself in the head, authorities said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Investigators said they believe that the burglary suspect was the same man who was behind the convenience store, but the investigation is ongoing.

His name was withheld, pending notification of family.