- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

ADA, Okla. (AP) - A man serving probation who disappeared after disabling his monitoring device died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday following a police chase through rural Pontotoc County, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said.

Johnnie Lewis Hawkins II, 42, apparently shot himself in the head after authorities disabled the stolen vehicle he was driving, corrections spokeswoman Terri Watkins said.

Prison records show Hawkins was on probation for concealing stolen property and other charges. Hawkins was incarcerated in December but was later placed in a community corrections program that allows non-violent inmates to enter a reintegration program where they are supervised by probation and parole officers.

But Hawkins cut off his GPS ankle monitoring device and disappeared on Tuesday, Watkins said. Earlier Friday, Hawkins allegedly stole a vehicle, she said. The owners of the vehicle notified police, who disabled it using the vehicle’s OnStar safety system, according to the Corrections Department.

Deputies who had been pursuing the vehicle approached and heard a gunshot from inside, Watkins said. Deputies called for backup and additional units approached the stolen car in an armored vehicle. Law enforcement officials then discovered Hawkins dead inside.

No law enforcement personnel or citizens were injured.

Corrections Department Director Robert Patton commended the federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies who were involved in the chase for their work.

“These men and women worked around the clock and followed dozens of leads to ensure the safety and security of the community,” Patton said. “I also appreciate the constant reported leads from citizens and the local media for helping us locate the offender during this situation.”

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