Southern Iowa pursuit ends with suspect shooting himself

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(Kellerton, IA) -- A suspect in Southern Iowa takes his own life during a pursuit.

The Ringgold County Sheriff's Office says they received a 911 call just after 10:00 Sunday night about a man named Chance Newton, who had reportedly displayed a gun in a threatening manner in Kellerton, Iowa, then fled the area in a vehicle. Ringgold County deputies and other area law enforcement spotted Newton’s vehicle and pursued him back to Kellerton.

“During the pursuit, Chance Newton fired shots at a pursuing deputy, striking the deputy’s vehicle,” the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office stated in a press release. “The pursuit ended when Chance Newton was shot by a self-inflicted gunshot wound while driving through town.” The sheriff’s office says Newton’s vehicle then left the road and hit a tree. Newton was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Ringgold County Sheriff’s Office says no officers fired their weapon during the incident, and that none of the officers were injured. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is investigating.

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