A police chase Saturday through League City ended with a standoff and the apparent suicide of a 20-year-old, police said.

Tharin Walker, 20, died inside a Lincoln SUV on FM 646 in League City on Saturday afternoon, League City Police Department spokesman John Griffith said.

Police confirmed Walker's death about 5:20 p.m., about two hours after police attempted to pull over the SUV he was driving. Police attempted to stop Walker for a traffic violation near the intersection of FM 646 and Cross Colony Drive, Griffith said.

He did not stop and led police on a short chase through League City, Griffith said. The chase ended when the SUV hit another vehicle near the intersection of FM 646 and Interstate 45, Griffith said.

A standoff began after Walker refused to exit the vehicle, police said. Officers used a drone to view Walker, who appeared injured inside the vehicle, Griffith said. 

Officers then used a "non-lethal explosive device" in an attempt to disorient Walker, Griffith said. Police approached Walker after he did not respond to the explosion and found him dead, Griffith said.

Police believe Walker shot himself, Griffith said.

The League City Police Department and the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office were investigating Walker's death, Griffith said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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James Lippert

And another shooter standoff in Sunny San Leon, near 25th and Broadway, this morning. Galveston County Sheriff snipers on the scene, shooter believe barricaded in a home.

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