Man shoots himself in head on live TV after car chase near Phoenix

Arizona high speed car chase

(CBS) PHOENIX - A carjacking suspect who led police on an hour-long high-speed chase in Arizona shot himself in the head in an incident that was broadcast on live television Friday afternoon.

Fox 10 reports that the man, driving a red Dodge Caliber, pulled off I-10 westbound and onto a dirt road in Salome, Ariz. He exited the vehicle, ran, and then raised a gun to his head.

The shooting was aired live on the Fox News Channel.

Minutes later anchor Shepard Smith told viewers that the video was supposed to be on a delay, and apologized to the audience: "We really messed up. We're all very sorry. That didn't belong on TV.  We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV. I personally apologize to you that happened."

Fox 10 reports that during the chase the car had reached speeds of more than 110 mph.

The website Buzzfeed has made the video of the chase and shooting available, and is drawing some criticism for doing so.

  • Julia Dahl

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