The former television reporter who gunned down two journalists and wounded a third person on live television Wednesday morning — apparently out of anger over the Charleston, S.C., church shootings — killed himself as police closed in on him along a Virginia highway.
Virginia State Police said 41-year-old Vester Lee Flanagan, who also went by the name Bryce Williams, shot himself near mile marker 17 on I-66.
“Shortly before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police spotted the suspect vehicle headed eastbound on Interstate 66,” a police statement said. “With emergency lights activated the Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.
The suspect vehicle refused to stop and sped away from the trooper. Minutes later, the suspect vehicle ran off the road and crashed. The troopers approached the vehicle and found the male driver suffering from a gunshot wound.”
Flanagan was airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries and he died as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot wound around 1:30 p.m., police said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.