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Castaic Man Kills Himself After Hourlong Pursuit

khts_crime_chpA man in his 30s shot himself to death as he sat in his car this morning after going through a California Highway Patrol barricade in Castaic.

According to Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station, the man, a Castaic resident, told his family that he wanted to kill himself, he then left his home, taking a gun with him.

The family called the sheriff’s department, who responded to their home and put out a bulletin with a description of the man and the car, a Dodge truck with a ladder attached. No one was with the victim in the car.


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The man drove southbound on the I-5, entering the road at Hasley Canyon around 11:13 a.m., exiting at Newhall Ranch Road and getting back on the freeway, traveling northbound a few minutes later.

At 11:19 a.m., the CHP took over the pursuit, with the man, considered an armed suspect, now traveling in excess of 100 MPH going up the grade towards Castaic. At 11:24, he exited the freeway at Templin Highway and traveled along the Ridge Route near Northlake School. Officers thought he might be headed toward the family home.

At 11:31, the suspect drove through a paintball park one mile south of Templin Highway, then took a southbound dirt road near Templin that went between the north and southbound lanes of I-5.

The CHP set up a roadblock at The Old Road and Lake Hughes Road, which the suspect broke through, flattening two of his truck tires. At 11:45 a.m., the suspect put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s identity has not yet been revealed. Sheriff’s Homicide detectives are handling the investigation.

Castaic Man Kills Himself After Hourlong Pursuit

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