Metro-East News

Police try to stop motorist; he shoots himself in head

A 37-year-old East St. Louis man, who police were attempting to pull over after it was determined he was wanted, ended up shooting himself in the head. The victim, whose identity had not yet been released Thursday morning, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday at a St. Louis area hospital.

St. Clair County Sheriff Deputies spotted the older model Chevrolet SUV around 8 p.m. Wednesday, and after running its license plates, they determined the registered owner had an outstanding warrant. Police attempted to pull him over.

The man drove his vehicle onto a parking lot at 60th and State streets. The deputies attempted to talk the man out of his vehicle. He wouldn’t come out, according to police, and he ended up shooting himself in the head.

St. Clair County Sheriff Richard Watson said he came to the scene to see if there was something he could do. He said the veteran officers who were involved “did a great job.”

The officers involved “all have 10 or more years of experience,” Watson said. “They tried to talk him into putting down his gun. They backed off of everything. They allowed him to make calls to people he knows. His boss came to the scene and talked to him from a distance. Several witnesses confirmed the officers did a fantastic job. It’s just very unfortunate,” Watson said.

The incident remained under investigation on Thursday.