An Airman in California who skipped out on his court-martial sentencing took his own life after leading police on a high-speed chase.
Based upon the desertion from the court-martial, an arrest warrant was issued for the service member.
The 32-year-old Airman was pursued by the US Air Force, California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, the latter utilizing a UAV in what they felt was a dangerous pursuit.
Slapped with a warrant for deserting prior to his court-martial hearing, the unnamed Airman’s Jeep Wrangler was spotted on the 18th of January by the California Highway Patrol, who attempted to stop the Airman.
The vehicle chase initially ended with the Airman getting away, but was soon found by the MCSO.
Using a drone and considering the Airman armed and dangerous, the deputies hovered the UAV around the Jeep, attempting to look into the vehicle’s fogged windows until it ran low on power. The UAV returned, but not before around the time the Airman reportedly shot himself.
Sending the UAV back, the deputies found the Airman’s body, with initial evaluations pointing to suicide by rifle.
It is unknown why the Airman -who was from Nellis AFB in Nevada- was being court-martialed.
“At this time the wanted service member is not being publicly identified pending notification of next of kin,” an Air Force press release stated.
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