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Man Steals NHP Trooper’s Gun; Kills Self

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(credit: nhp.nv.gov)

(credit: nhp.nv.gov)

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(Reno, NV) — Officials say a man who carjacked a Nevada Highway Patrol car and another vehicle in northern Nevada killed himself with the trooper’s shotgun.

NHP says a trooper had stopped a Ford Explorer with Florida plates about 4 p.m. Monday on Interstate 80 at Mustang. Officials say one of the four occupants left the vehicle and stole the trooper’s car.

Authorities say other officers started chasing the stolen cruiser and disabled it by shooting out the tires. The suspect then got out of the patrol car and carjacked a Pontiac Grand Prix.

NHP says the suspect eventually crashed the Grand Prix. Troopers say he got out and started shooting into the air before turning the gun on himself.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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