- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

FIFE, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man initially believed to have been fatally shot by a Des Moines police officer after a high-speed chase actually died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

KOMO-TV reports (https://goo.gl/5AoooK ) police were called to a disturbance at the Des Moines Marina at 12:45 a.m. Friday and were told a man may be armed.

Officers say they encountered the suspect as he was leaving on a stolen motorcycle. Police say the motorcycle later crashed in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant in Fife.


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Earlier reports said the man resisted officers and an officer fatally shot him. Fife Police Chief Pete Fisher said Friday that preliminary autopsy findings ruled the man’s death a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head.

The autopsy also showed the man was shot in the chest by the officer.



Police are awaiting ballistic tests to confirm the findings.

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Information from: KOMO-TV, https://www.komotv.com/

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