SAN DIEGO — A man wanted in connection with a shooting in Missouri took his own life early Friday after being cornered by police in Mission Beach.
A police detective in Grain Valley, Mo., contacted the San Diego Police Department Thursday night. He said that his department was tracking a suspect’s cell phone and the man appeared to be in Pacific Beach. The man allegedly shot a woman and fled the state in her stolen minivan.
“He was wanted in an attempted murder where the suspect allegedly shot his either girlfriend or wife in the back of the head in Grain Valley,” San Diego police Lt. David Rohowits said.
The manwas identified as Alan Lovelace, 37, of Blue Spring, Mo. The woman he allegedly shot, his estranged girlfriend, was in critical condition, according to Missouri news reports.
Police searched the area and found a vehicle matching the description given by the Grain Valley police. The driver refused to pull over and led officers on a 15-minute chase through Pacific Beach and Mission Beach.
The driver eventually turned down a dead end and became trapped at the beach on San Luis Rey Place. Police surrounded the van and shot pepper balls into the vehicle. After about 45 minutes, they saw the driver slump over the steering wheel. They carefully approached the van and found the driver was dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.