- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

MARTIN, Mich. (AP) - A man who led police on a car chase before fatally shooting himself reportedly told his passenger that “he wasn’t going back to jail.”

State police Detective Sgt. Matthew Doan tells MLive.com for a story (https://bit.ly/22HJRCf ) Monday that 18-year-old Baelyn Kruger shot himself while the two men still were “going down the road.”

Police say Saturday’s chase started after a gas station in Martin, south of Grand Rapids, was robbed of cash and cigarettes.

A sheriff’s deputy began chasing the car in nearby Bradley before the driver crashed into a barn.

Doan says the 24-year-old passenger grabbed the steering wheel before the crash to control the vehicle.

Kruger was from Woodland in Barry County. His passenger is from Grand Rapids and faces arraignment Monday on armed robbery and gun charges.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com


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