- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The death of a fugitive involved in a 17-mile chase that ended in a shootout with police along Highway 26 has been ruled a suicide.

The Oregonian reports (https://goo.gl/9N3hRM ) the state medical examiner’s office said Monday that 36-year-old Andrew DeHart died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. Initial reports indicated that he had been killed by police gunfire during the Wednesday incident.

Dr. Larry Lewman, who conducted the autopsy, says the officers’ bullets never struck DeHart, who was wanted in connection with an assault near Vancouver.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray says DeHart shot at patrol cars, disabling one of them, as he fled from police on the highway.

The chase ended after officers fired on DeHart’s truck as he exited a tunnel.



The shooting continues to be investigated.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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