High speed chase Monday beginning in Detroit ends in Ohio

High speed chase Monday beginning in Detroit ends in Ohio
(Source: Michigan Corrections Facility)
(Source: Michigan Corrections Facility)

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Dozens of officers and crews assisted in a high speed chase Monday that began in Detroit, Michigan and ended outside of Toledo.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that the driver has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday after 3:45 p.m. at St. Vincent's hospital.

Detroit Police has confirmed that the suspect's identity as 27-year-old George Anthony Davis.

Toledo police posted on their Facebook Monday afternoon that the high speed chase involved a murder suspect out of the Detroit area.

In a press release from the OSHP, Davis fled from officers in the Detroit metropolitan area earlier on Monday. Davis eluded arrest and fled south toward Toledo.

At approximately 1:21 p.m., troopers say they received information from the Monroe County Michigan Sheriff's Office they were in pursuit of Davis.

Troopers say they located Davis at 1:38 p.m. on U.S. 20 near State Route 420 and he immediately fled at a high rate of speed

At 1:43 p.m., Davis crashed on Interstate 280 near the intersection of Bahnsen Road in Lake Township and ran from the vehicle on foot.

According to Lake Township police, the pursuit ended near the Flying J truck stop.

Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer addressed the media at the scene Monday afternoon and confirmed that one person was shot during the end of the pursuit and was taken to St. Vincent's hospital.

The OSHP confirmed that approximately a minute after Davis fled on food, troopers reported a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the suspect.

Chief Hummer says that the area and pursuit was a dangerous situation.

The travel plaza had several customers in the midst of the incident, some of them watching the whole thing unfold before their eyes.

Timothy Miller says he heard the sirens and saw the suspect run. He got out of his truck to help until he saw the suspects gun.

Miller and his wife say they saw him pull the trigger.

Dozens of police officers were at the scene including Lake Township police, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Toledo police.

Police did not have to use their weapons during the incident, but the gas station was blocked off for several hours.

During the chase, Lake Local Schools placed their school on lockdown.

They soon after lifted that lockdown.

On Tuesday, the Lucas County Coroner's office says the results of the autopsy on Davis show he died of a single gun shot wound to the head.

Deputy Coroner Dr. Cynthia Beisser says it appears to be self-inflicted. Toxicology was done but will take 10 to 14 weeks to be returned.

The investigation continues into exactly what happened from Detroit to Lake Township.

WTOL 11 will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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