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Driver shoots himself after chase on I-74 near Brownsburg: ISP

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Mar 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-30 17:41:48-04

BROWNSBURG — A driver police say fled state troopers on Interstate 74 near Brownsburg died after shooting himself while pulled over on the highway, according to Indiana State Police.

A SWAT team found the man unresponsive while approaching his vehicle on the right shoulder of I-74 near Ind. 267. An investigation determined he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and a gun inside the car, State Police say.

The chase began after the man fled an attempted traffic stop at about 12:11 p.m. at Lynhurst Drive and Sumner Avenue. He eventually led officers to Ind. 267, where he slowed down and pulled to the right shoulder of I-74.

Troopers then boxed the vehicle in and heard gunfire coming from the vehicle while it was stopped. At that point, officers took cover behind their vehicles, and an ISP SWAT team arrived to find the driver unresponsive in the vehicle.

No officers fired their weapons during the response, according to ISP.

Police did not disclose the reason for the attempted stop.

Both directions of I-74 were closed during the incident. According to ISP Sgt. John Perrine, the scene is now secure but drivers can expect travel restrictions in the area as an investigation continues.

The man's exact cause of death has not yet been determined. The Hendricks County Coroner's Office is investigating.