LEAGUE CITY —Police were involved in a high-speed chase Tuesday that ended in Southwest Houston with the suspect dead after reportedly shooting himself.
A League City police officer was on patrol in the 1700 block of FM 646 about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when he noticed a vehicle that matched the description of one reported leaving the scene of a recent aggravated robbery in Kemah. Police tailed the vehicle for a while before the driver, apparently aware he was being followed by police, sped off.
The driver’s vehicle exited FM 646 and headed north on Interstate 45 with League City and other police officers close behind. The vehicle continued on the Gulf Freeway until he reached Beltway 8 and headed west.
During the chase, the man driving the car called police and “indicated he was armed and may harm himself,” League City spokeswoman Reagan Pena said.
Using tire spikes, police were able to stop the car on Beltway 8 near Cullen Avenue in Houston.
As officers surrounded the disabled vehicle, they reported hearing a single gunshot come from the car, Pena said.
She confirmed that the man was dead at the scene.
Since no officers fired their weapons, it was believed the man in the car shot himself.
Officers declared the scene “secure” about 3:35 p.m.
Police had not yet released the identity of the suspect. The Houston police department’s homicide division was investigating the shooting, Pena said.