Phoenix, AZ — A suspected carjacker driving a red Dodge Caliber shot himself after a high-speed police chase in the Phoenix area.
The incident was broadcast live by Fox News (see video below) which had been following the police pursuit, after which anchor Shepard Smith apologized to the audience for the network not cutting away in time to avoid showing the apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound even though a five-second delay was in place. Watching the man flee the vehicle on foot in the middle of nowhere, Smith prophetically said that the scary situation was making him nervous and that it may not end well.
The suspect reportedly had fired his weapon at the police during the chase. No officers were injured in the pursuit.
According to the local Fox affiliate:
After driving on the I-10 westbound for the majority of the pursuit, the man got off the freeway and drove on the dirt roads of a small town called Salome. The suspect pulled over on one of the roads and ran a little ways away from the vehicle before shooting himself.
The suspect was reportedly heading toward the California state line and had been traveling in excess of 100 mph in the stolen vehicle.
Phoenix police have scheduled a press conference for later this afternoon to provide more details on the carjacking and possible suicide of the suspected carjacker, who has not yet been identified.
Watch the carjacker, whose condition is unknown at this time, apparently shoot himself in the head: