Suspect kills self when faced by officer

June 23, 2008 2:45:31 PM PDT
Longview police have identified a man they say killed himself rather than submit to arrest in a string of hotel robberies in the Tyler-Longview area.Police say 28-year-old David Cody Stewart of Nacogdoches shot himself after a Longview officer confronted him.

Longview police Sgt. Shaun Pendleton says the officer, whom he didn't identify, saw a pickup truck late Saturday that matched the description of the getaway vehicle used in at least five heists.

Pendleton says the officer began chasing the suspect, heard a gunshot and waited for backup. They found the suspect next to the truck.

An autopsy has been ordered. Pendleton says no officers fired their weapons.

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