November 29, 2014

Driver kills himself after leading deputies on pursuit in Panhandle

A western Nebraska man apparently shot himself to death early this morning after brandishing a handgun at Dawes County deputies prior to jumping in a car and leading them on a short pursuit.

The Nebraska State Patrol reports law enforcement found 40-year-old Chad Sorensen of Minatare just after three o’clock this morning, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The patrol says the tragic event began after 11 o’clock Tuesday night. According to the patrol, Sorenson pulled out the handgun in the 200 block of Main Street in Crawford. Sorensen then fled the scene in a 2007 Honda Civic. The deputies followed at low speeds of only about 35 mph.

Sorensen stopped the car in the southbound lane of Highway2/71, about two miles south of Crawford. The deputies from Dawes County along with Nebraska State Patrol and Chadron Police Department officials set up a perimeter. After attempts to talk with Sorensen failed, law officers approached the vehicle using a tactical shield and discovered Sorensen dead.

An autopsy will be performed. The Nebraska State Patrol will investigate the incident. Highway2/71, closed during the crime scene investigation, re-opened at 7 o’clock this morning.