Officials: Suspected gunman dies after shooting self, killing journalists on-air

MONETA, Virginia — The suspect in Wednesday’s killing of two WDBJ journalists died at about 1:30 p.m. at a hospital of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton told reporters.

Police say a former WDBJ-TV reporter sought in connection with the on-air slayings of two of the TV station’s employees shot himself Wednesday on Interstate 66 in Virginia after police confronted him, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Just before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police saw the suspect’s car headed east on I-66. With emergency lights activated, a Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop, said police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

The driver refused to stop and sped away before running off the road and crashing, Geller told CNN. Troopers found the driver inside. He had suffered a gunshot wound.

He was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries, Geller said. The driver is believed to…

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