Hammond IN Nov 9 2016 Suspect in an Indiana shoplifting incident shot himself in the head Monday afternoon at the tollway oasis in South Holland after a police pursuit across the state line, police said.
Authorities have not released the identity of the man who police said fled a Cabela's in Hammond, Indiana, and later killed himself at about 1 p.m. on the Interstate 294 northbound entrance ramp to the Lincoln Oasis.
The incident is not being considered an expressway shooting, according to Illinois State Police.
No officers shot at the suspect during either incident in Hammond or on the expressway ramp, police said.
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Police were called to the sporting good store, located at 7700 Cabela's Drive, just before 12:15 p.m. about a possible shoplifter, Hammond police said in a press release.
Officers identified the suspect through the store's cameras and tried to stop him as he left the store, Hammond police said. The suspect, who had hid outside the store near some boats, fled and police shot him with a TASER during the pursuit, according to the release.
The suspect, who appeared to be unaffected by the TASER shot, pulled out what appeared to be a handgun and fired once at the officer, who was not hit, Hammond police said.
An officer fired at the suspect again with the TASER, but the man was able to get up and leave in a silver Honda Civic, Hammond police said.
Police followed the suspect onto Interstates 80/94 and 294, with Illinois State Police troopers later joining the pursuit, Hammond police said. The suspect then crashed his car on the entrance ramp at about 1 p.m., Illinois State Police said.
A puff of powdered smoke was visible inside the car when an officer approached the vehicle, Hammond police said. Authorities said they believe the suspect shot himself.
The entrance ramp to the oasis was closed for several hours following the incident.
Illinois State Police are investigating the death. Hammond police are investigating the shoplifting incident that sparked the pursuit.