Man Fatally Shoots Himself After Police Chase

CLEVELAND (AP) - A suspected robber who fled police at 100 mph fatally shot himself after crashing his car at an Interstate 90 exit ramp, police said.

Police tried to identify the man, who carried no identification, through fingerprints. The man had a stolen gun, car and license plates, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Bell.

Police in Willoughby, 10 miles away, said the suspect in Wednesday afternoon's robbery at a check-cashing store shot himself after his car crashed at an I-90 exit in Cleveland.

Willoughby Police Chief Conrad Straube said the man, who covered his face with a scarf, entered a check-cashing store, threatened a clerk with a semiautomatic pistol and demanded money.

After the gunman fled, the clerk called police with a license number.

When a Wickliffe police officer began pursuing the car, the suspect accelerated to more than 100 mph.

Bell said the man exited I-90 and struck a telephone pole. As Cleveland police surrounded the car, the man pulled out a gun and shot himself once in the head.

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