Chase Ends In A Suicide

An early morning pursuit in DeKalb County on Thursday ended in a suicide.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said that at approximately 8 am, a pursuit began in Fort Payne that ended on Bethel Road near Hammondville.

The chase stemmed from a domestic incident that occurred last night in Fort Payne. The suspect fled the scene before officers arrived. A Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) was issued for the suspect.

At approximately 8:00 Thursday morning, the suspect was spotted by law enforcement on Hiawatha Drive in Fort Payne this morning. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect led officers and deputies on a chase to Hammondville.

The vehicle eventually stopped on Bethel Road. After a brief standoff with deputies and officers, the suspect committed suicide.

Due to this case being a suicide and out of respect for the family, we will not be releasing the identity of the individual.