Speeds reached 110 mph during pursuit

Last updated: May 26. 2014 1:26PM - 19329 Views
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A London man fatally shot himself following a high-speed police pursuit Friday night, according to the London Police Department.

The man has been identified as Kevin Squires, 38.

At about 11:40 p.m. Friday, a London police officer observed Squires speeding and driving outside marked lanes in the area of East High Street and Andrew Court, according to London Police Chief David Wiseman.

Squires failed to pull over, prompting a vehicle pursuit, Wiseman said. The pursuit weaved through southern Madison County for 24 minutes, with speeds ranging from 50 to 110 mph.

The pursuit came to a stop when Squires pulled into his residence on Minshall Road, in the vicinity of state Route 38 near the village of Midway. Squires exited his vehicle, a 2003 Chevy pickup truck registered to a relative, and ran into his residence.

Officers then heard a firearm go off in the residence, Wiseman said. Members of the Franklin County SWAT Team located Squires in the living room with a self-inflicted fatal gunshot wound to his head.

Wiseman said Squires had no outstanding warrants for his arrest. However, Squires did not have a valid driver’s license and had a lengthy driving record, which included a previous failure to comply charge, he said.

The pursuit was within guidelines of written pursuit policy, Wiseman added.

The results of a toxicology test will be included in an upcoming report following an investigation by the coroner’s office, Wiseman said.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, BCI&I and Madison County Coroner also responded to the scene.

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