UPDATE: Man Shoots Himself After Branson Pursuit

by: Chyrstal Blair, Ozarks First

A low speed pursuit around Branson, that prompted a lock-down of the city’s Junior High, ends with the suspect shooting himself in the head — and it all started over a domestic violence situation.

Police say they received a call around one Thursday afternoon, from a woman who said that her boyfriend had been assaulting her over the last three days — even threatening her with a gun.

When police arrived at the scene on Herschend Lane in Branson, they say the suspect was not there.

Deputies from the Taney County Sheriff’s department eventually located the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to get him to stop, but a pursuit began.

The deputies tried to use spike strips to get him to stop, but the suspect kept going — ending up at a dead end in the Bee Creek Apartment complex on Buzz Street.

Police say he then got out of the car and put a gun to his head — ultimately pulling the trigger.

Lieutenant E.J. Jones is with the Branson Police Department.

“We were very concerned with that lady’s safety,” said Jones, “So we wanted to apprehend this because we were fearful that he would come back and do something very bad to her.”

Jake Ayers, a resident at Bee Creek Apartments said, “It scares me half to death. I have an eleven year old brother who runs around and plays,” said Ayers. “There’s kids all over here. It’s just not safe.

Lieutenant Jones said the suspect was taken to a hospital in Springfield. His condition is unknown at this time.

Earlier Story

by: Bil Tatum, Ozarks First

A man who led police and other law enforcement officers on an extended low-speed pursuit around Branson this afternoon has shot himself, according to a Branson spokeswoman.

Melody Pettit told KOLR10 that the man was taken to a Springfield hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he pulled his automobile onto the property of Bee Creek Apartments.

The chase was initiated by Taney County Sheriff’s Deputies after they overheard a domestic call and tried to initiate a traffic stop of the suspect.

Sheriff Jimmie Russell tells KOLR10 that the case is being handled by Branson Police, but he did confirm that the man shot himself at the apartments where the chase ended at 200 Buzz St.

Spike strips were deployed at one time in the chase.

No other details have been confirmed at this time. More information will be posted as it becomes available.