A murder suspect who led authorities on a chase from Hesperia to Corona in a stolen Toyota Tacoma fatally shot himself at the end of the pursuit, authorities said Friday.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department advised the California Highway Patrol they were in pursuit of the Tacoma about 8:45 p.m. Thursday as it traveled south on Interstate 15 in Hesperia, said CHP Public Information Officer Dan Olivas. Authorities discovered the vehicle had possibly been used in a homicide that had occurred in Los Angeles County, Olivas said.
CHP assumed control of the pursuit on the 15 at Limonite Avenue. Two spike strips were deployed but the driver was able to continue evading and transitioned to the westbound Riverside (91) Freeway. The suspect exited the freeway at Green River Road and came to a stop on Rio Vista Street, south of the 91 freeway, Olivas said.
As officers attempted a felony traffic stop, the driver shot himself with a handgun and died at the scene, Olivas said.
No other injuries were reported and details about the murder attributed to the suspect were not immediately available.