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Castaic Man Kills Himself After Hourlong Pursuit

khts_crime_chpA man in his 30s shot himself to death as he sat in his car this morning after going through a California Highway Patrol barricade in Castaic.

According to Lt. Mark Hershey of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station, the man, a Castaic resident, told his family that he wanted to kill himself, he then left his home, taking a gun with him.

The family called the sheriff’s department, who responded to their home and put out a bulletin with a description of the man and the car, a Dodge truck with a ladder attached. No one was with the victim in the car.

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The man drove southbound on the I-5, entering the road at Hasley Canyon around 11:13 a.m., exiting at Newhall Ranch Road and getting back on the freeway, traveling northbound a few minutes later.

At 11:19 a.m., the CHP took over the pursuit, with the man, considered an armed suspect, now traveling in excess of 100 MPH going up the grade towards Castaic. At 11:24, he exited the freeway at Templin Highway and traveled along the Ridge Route near Northlake School. Officers thought he might be headed toward the family home.

At 11:31, the suspect drove through a paintball park one mile south of Templin Highway, then took a southbound dirt road near Templin that went between the north and southbound lanes of I-5.

The CHP set up a roadblock at The Old Road and Lake Hughes Road, which the suspect broke through, flattening two of his truck tires. At 11:45 a.m., the suspect put a gun to his head and pulled the trigger. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man’s identity has not yet been revealed. Sheriff's Homicide detectives are handling the investigation.