Police, coroner: Louisville man kills self after terrorizing ex through streets of Bardstown
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A man shot and killed himself during a police pursuit in Bardstown Friday morning.
The Bardstown Police Department said in a news release that a woman called Nelson County Dispatch at 8:54 a.m. Friday to report that she was being chased in her car by a former boyfriend in the vicinity of Hwy. 245 and Bloomfield Road. The chase continued south of Bloomfield Road until Bardstown police officers arrived.
Police said at that time, the suspect intentionally ran his car into his ex-girlfriend's vehicle, disabling it. He continued south on Bloomfield Road pursued by officers.
As the suspect vehicle approached Stephen Foster Avenue, officers heard a single gunshot from the suspect vehicle, which skidded across the intersection and came to rest on My Old Kentucky Home Golf Course.
The news release says police maintained a perimeter and tried to communicate with the suspect, but they did not get a response and saw no movement inside the vehicle. After firing non-lethal beanbag rounds into the car and continuing to get no response, the officers approached the vehicle and found the suspect lying across the front seat, dead from an apparent gunshot wound. The incident is being investigated as a suicide.
Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin said the deceased is a man from Louisville. His body is being brought to the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville for an autopsy. His name has not been released.
The Bardstown Police Department is the lead agency working the case. Kentucky State Police is assisting.
This story will be updated.
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