CRANBERRY TWP. (KDKA) – Police are investigating after a man took his own life following a police chase in Butler County early Saturday morning.

According to police, the incident began in Adams Township around 3:15 a.m.

Officers attempted to stop a speeding vehicle on Route 228 near the Mars High School, but the driver, 19-year-old Lagene Lawson refused to pull over and continued driving toward Cranberry Township.

Lawson pulled into the Cranberry Commons shopping center, where he fatally shot himself.

However, the vehicle was still in motion when he fired the gun and it rolled into the Lane Bryant store, which sparked a small fire.

Police say Lawson was wanted on several outstanding warrants in New Castle on charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

But at this point in the investigation, they aren’t sure why he committed suicide while the pursuit was in progress.

Police want to get the toxicology reports on Lawson and want to know more about the gun in his possession.

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