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State patrol: Pursuit ends in Sarpy County with driver dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

December 28, 2018

A pursuit Thursday afternoon that started near Wahoo ended in Sarpy County with the driver dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Nebraska State Patrol.

They haven’t yet identified the driver.

Patrol spokesman Cody Thomas said the pursuit began just before 3 p.m. when the Saunders County Sheriff’s Department started chasing a suspect in connection with a theft in Wahoo.

He said the black Ford F-150 fled at speeds of more than 80 mph on Nebraska 92, and as it entered the Omaha metro area at times drove against oncoming traffic.

By 3:08 p.m., the State Patrol had taken over as the primary agency as the pickup neared 192nd and Harrison streets. Two minutes later, the pickup got a flat tire in a residential neighborhood near 181st and Gertrude streets.

“At that point, a trooper heard a single gunshot,” Thomas said.

He said the trooper found the driver with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two women in the vehicle were uninjured.

The patrol has asked the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the pursuit, which will be reviewed by a grand jury.

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