Crime

Woman reported domestic assault before suspect crashed and shot himself on I-110, police say

A woman called Biloxi Police to report a domestic complaint shortly before the suspect’s car struck another car on Interstate 110, where police say he shot himself and died.

The man, who died in a northbound lane near the Rodriguez Street exit early Sunday night, has not been identified.

D’Iberville police say the vehicle he struck flipped at the top of the drawbridge, resulting in minor injuries to that driver.

The woman called Biloxi police at about 5:08 p.m. and described the man and his 2013 Nissan Altima, D’Iberville Police Capt. Marty Griffin said.

Police were responding to the call when they saw the Altima on U.S. 90 and Chalmers Drive, just west of St. Francis Street. They tried to stop the car near I-110, but the driver sped north on I-110, Griffin said.

Biloxi police turned onto I-110 but did not start a pursuit because they had a description of the vehicle, he said.

Police were northbound when they came up on a wreck.

The Altima struck a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, D’Iberville Police Lt. Jason King said. The Altima was in the left lane near the Rodriguez exit.

Police were checking on the drivers when they realized the one in the Altima had shot himself in the head and was dead, King said.

The driver of the Cavalier was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Police from both cities blocked all ramps leading to I-110 north around 5:30 p.m. and turned around motorists who were already in northbound lanes. The highway was impassable for about two hours.

Police in both cities and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office are investigating.

The D’Iberville Police Department is investigating the crash while the Biloxi Police Department is investigating the domestic complaint.

Biloxi Police have referred all questions to D’Iberville Police.

SunHerald.com will update this report as new information becomes available.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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