- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A man wanted in Oklahoma on kidnapping, robbery and other charges killed himself during a police chase, causing his truck to hit a car and seriously injure an elderly couple, police said.

The chase began when investigators learned that 30-year-old Damian Pea may be in Shreveport. Authorities found him Thursday night in a pickup truck at a convenience store, Shreveport police Cpl. Breck Scott said.

They tried to arrest him but he got behind the wheel and sped off.

During the chase, police said Pea shot himself in the head. His 2005 Nissan pickup truck slammed into a 2013 Ford driven by Clayton Weaver, 81, of Shreveport, injuring him and his wife, Linda Weaver, 78.

Pea was wanted in Oklahoma County on charges including kidnapping, eluding police officers, robbery and burglary, The Times (https://bit.ly/1r9Gt0J) reported.

Dozens of blood donors came Friday to help the Weavers, including a number of Shreveport firefighters who work with one of the Weavers’ 13 grandchildren, KSLA-TV (https://bit.ly/1CjPLIF) reported.

Another donor, Michael Chappell, was there with his wife. They’ve known the Weavers for 25 years, Chappell said.

The Weavers were being treated at University Hospital in Shreveport, where KSLA said Linda Weaver was in critical condition Friday and her husband in stable condition.

A hospital spokeswoman could not be reached Saturday for an update on their conditions.

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office said Pea died from a small-caliber bullet wound. Police found a handgun in the pickup truck.


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