Man dies after police car chase
A man has died after shooting himself in the head during a police chase beside one of Ireland's busiest motorways.
The man, named as Anthony John Ward, 31, from Crumlin, in Dublin, was being pursued in his car by gardai over the suspected abduction of a woman.
During the incident yesterday he ordered the woman, believed to have been in a relationship with him and who was taken from her home, to buy him cigarettes at a filling station off the M50, a ring road around the capital.
When she spotted two gardai having a break at the filling station on the Tallaght Road she alerted them, and they chased the man as he attempted to flee the scene by himself shortly after midnight.
A short distance down the road, near the Spawell Roundabout, he lost control of the car and crashed, before getting out and shooting himself in the head in front of the police, according to initial findings in an independent investigation.
It is understood he was using a small handgun and no shots were fired at the officers during the incident.
The man was taken to nearby Tallaght Hospital where he died from his injuries today.
A firearm was recovered from the scene, where a full forensic examination has been carried out.
Investigators are also scouring CCTV footage from the area.
Because the man was being chased by gardai at the time, the force's official watchdog, the Garda Ombudsman, has been asked to investigate the death.
"The Ombudsman must ensure there is an independent investigation of the situation," a spokeswoman for the watchdog said.
"But it should not be automatically assumed that garda misconduct is suspected in all situations like this."