BUTLER, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – Pennsylvania State Police say a man wearing a bullet-proof vest and driving with a car full of weapons shot himself after first goading two local officers into chasing his vehicle.
Troopers say 28-year-old Zachary Carr, of Allison Park, revved his engine near a Middlesex Township officer watching for speeders on Route 8 in southern Butler County before 1 a.m. Wednesday.
After that officer gave chase, Carr allegedly sideswiped another township cruiser engaged in an unrelated traffic stop, and that officer joined the chase.
“The speeds went up to 110 miles per hour, at that time anybody on the road was at danger, so the pursuit was very dangerous from the beginning to the end,” Pennsylvania State Trooper James Long said.
Trooper James Long says Carr eventually stopped his truck, got out wearing a ballistic vest, an assault rifle slung over his shoulder, and he had a 9mm pistol.
“You really don’t know if someone has a vest on they might be planning for a shoot out, that type of body armor, it really has to get your worried,” trooper Long said.
Troopers say that’s when he turned the gun on himself.
Police say Carr may have been intoxicated and upset after getting into an argument with his girlfriend at Pittsburgh’s fireworks display.
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