Police identify man who killed himself following high-speed chase

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by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Crystal Cruz

Posted on September 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 30 at 7:49 AM

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix Police have identified the man who shot and killed himself on TV after leading authorities on a high-speed chase west of the Valley.

Jodon Romero, 33, died Friday afternoon after stealing a vehicle and firing multiple shots at officers who were attempting to place him under arrest.

Police began searching for Romero just before 11 a.m. when they received a report of a man striking a vehicle at 7200 W. McDowell.

As officers were responding to the scene, Romero reportedly stole another vehicle at gunpoint in the area of 1400 N. 7th Avenue.

The vehicle was spotted a short time later near 75th Avenue and Virginia. Officers began pursuing Romero, but he refused to stop.

Police said Romero ran red lights and drove in a dangerous manner through city streets. He eventually fired shots at two officers before getting on Interstate 10 and heading west.

A police helicopter followed Romero as he sped out of town. Romero reportedly fired shots at the helicopter before getting off the I-10 and driving to about 499th Avenue and Courthouse Road.

Romero proceeded to exit the vehicle, at which time he was shot at by an officer.

Romero eventually ran into some bushes where he shot himself in the head. Police administered first aid, but Romero died at the scene.

Police said Romero had a felony warrant for his arrest for a parole violation on a weapons charge, and might have had a second warrant for his arrest. He also has a criminal history that includes several violent crimes.

No officers were injured during the chase, and police continue to investigate the case.

Romero’s wild afternoon made national headlines thanks to the Fox News Channel accidentally showing the footage of Romero shooting himself.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith promptly apologized to viewers for not having the footage on a delay.
 

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