Man takes own life after police chase through downtown Indianapolis

Pursuit turned into SWAT standoff
Standoff after pursuit
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — A man took hi sown life after a police pursuit that ended on the northwest side of Indianapolis.

Police say officers responded to a report of a disturbance on North Dearborn Street just after 4 p.m. when they were directed to a man speeding away in a truck. People at the scene told officers the driver had a gun inside the car.

As officers pursued the pick-up truck, they noticed the driver commit several traffic violations and intentionally strike a police vehicle. Officers also learned the man had showed the gun to other people involved in the prior disturbance.

That chase went onto the interstate, then back onto city streets before the driver took off on I-65 north.

During the chase the officers reported over police scanner traffic that the suspect may have pointed a gun and hit a police car.

Police used a PIT maneuver after the truck got off to exit towards 38th Street. The pickup truck went off the road and into a creek bed near West Kessler Blvd North Drive.

Traffic was stopped and detoured as SWAT came in to handle the situation as the driver wasn't getting out.

Officers were communicating with the driver and their family, but after communication stopped, they approached the truck and found the driver was deceased. Police say the man had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The man's name has not yet been released.