SAN DIEGO - The suspect in the shooting of a woman Tuesday in Grain Valley, Mo., shot himself to death early Friday morning after San Diego Police closed in on him and pursued his vehicle to a beachfront area.
Authorities believe the dead man is Alan Lovelace Jr. of Blue Springs, Mo., who was wanted in the Tuesday-evening shooting of his estranged girlfriend outside of her place of employment, the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association headquarters.
Shortly after midnight Friday, a San Diego Police spokesman said, his agency got a call from Grain Valley police, saying they had electronically tracked Lovelace's cell phone to the Pacific Beach area. San Diego Police soon spotted a van matching the description of the victim's vehicle, which Lovelace took from the shooting scene Tuesday, and began pursuing it.
Officers tried to stop the van, but the driver refused to pull over, leading police on a 15-minute pursuit at speeds up to 40 miles per hour that ended when the driver reached a dead end near the beach. Police surrounded the van, and a 45-minute-long standoff began.
During the standoff, officers shot out several of the van's windows and launched pepper-spray balls into the cabin.
It was then that police saw that the suspect slumped over in the driver's seat. Using a special shield, officers approached the van and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest with a small-caliber handgun next to him.
While police believe the dead man is Lovelace, positive identification is still awaiting a report from the medical examiner.
The day after the shooting, OOIDA issued a statement, saying the victim was in stable condition in the hospital and that "We are hoping for the best possible outcome …"