PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police have identified a man who shot at officers and then led them on a chase that ended with his suicide broadcast on national television.
Police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson says 33-year-old Jodon F. Romero was a wanted felon who stole a car at gunpoint late Friday morning. Thompson said Saturday that an officer fired at Romero just before he committed suicide in the desert miles west of Phoenix but he apparently was not hit.
The chase was being followed by a television news helicopter and was broadcast live by Fox News. The network was unable to cut off the feed before Romero shot himself.
Thompson says Romero had previous convictions for violent acts and was wanted for parole violations.