Vermont man dies from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after I-91 police pursuit


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Published: 8/17/2020 2:37:26 PM

NORTHAMPTON – A 27-year-old Vermont man died Sunday night from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, following a traffic pursuit by police on Interstate 91, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office. 

Massachusetts State Police troopers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle on I-91 northbound in Holyoke shortly after 9 p.m. for having an unreadable license plate   The operator of the vehicle sped away reaching speeds of approximately 100-112 mph, according to police.  

The vehicle attempted to exit the highway at Exit 18 in Northampton but failed to negotiate the turn, drove through the median, and collided with the guardrail alongside the northbound on-ramp, according to a statement from the DA’s office.   

Upon reaching the vehicle, police found the driver, who was the only occupant, with a gunshot wound to the head, according to the DA’s office. A firearm and a discharged cartridge casing were found inside the vehicle. The driver, who authorities declined to identify, was pronounced dead at the scene.  

The incident remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Northwestern district attorney’s office, the MSP Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, MSP Crime Scene Services Section, MSP Ballistics Unit, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

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