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Car chase ends with suicide

Published 9:21pm Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A routine traffic stop Tuesday led Alexander City on a chase that ended in Talladega County when the suspect turned his gun on himself and took his own life.

According to the Alexander City Police, the incident began when dispatch received calls about a Silver Ford Mustang driving recklessly. ACPD caught up to the vehicle and pulled into the Walmart parking lot at 5:29 p.m.

Officers soon determined that the driver of the vehicle, Courtney McKinney, 23, of Sylacauga, had no insurance and was driving with a switched tag on his vehicle.

The officer on the scene requested another unit after smelling marijuana emanating from the vehicle.

Once backup arrived, officers attempted to get McKinney to exit his vehicle. When he refused, the officer reached for the door handle, and McKinney quickly locked the doors. As the officer attempted to reach into the vehicle, McKinney pushed what appeared to be the butt end of a pistol into the center console, and sped away from the scene.

McKinney led officers on a pursuit up U.S. Hwy. 280, and as the vehicle crossed over Ala. Hwy. 9, McKinney began throwing items out of the passenger window.

The chase continued, with McKinney veering off the highway and turning onto Ala. Hwy. 21.

McKinney veered off the road onto a side street, managing to lose one of the ACPD officers with the quick maneuver. However, another ACPD officer managed to continue the pursuit until McKinney parked his car at the 600 block of S. Norton Avenue.

The officer continued the chase on foot, temporarily losing sight of the suspect.  As the officer rounded the corner of the residence, he saw McKinney standing with a gun pressed against his temple. The officer attempted to get the suspect to surrender himself, but McKinney pulled the trigger and fell to the ground.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation will be conducting a full investigation of the event.

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