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5/17/03 - Houston

High-speed Chase Ends with Suspect Shooting Himself in a Wal-Mart

Houston-AP -- A police chase ended at a Houston-area Wal-Mart, where the suspect killed himself in a dressing room.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says police were chasing a man wanted on federal drug possession charges. The pursuit reached speeds of up to 100 miles-per-hour.

The man shot at officers in a busy parking lot before ducking into a Wal-Mart.

The Houston Chronicle says the gunman apparently pistol-whipped a female clerk who stood between him and the dressing room. Witnesses say he then entered the dressing room and a gunshot was heard.

Customers were evacuated from the store and employees were kept inside.

Police say the suspect took his own life with a single gunshot to the head. The clerk was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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