(CNN) Vester Flanagan, the suspect in the slayings of two WDBJ-TV journalists, died at a hospital Wednesday afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Franklin County, Virginia, Sheriff Bill Overton told reporters.
Flanagan, a former WDBJ reporter, killed two of the Roanoke TV station’s employees live on air before leading police on a car chase, after which he shot himself, according to police.
Just before 11:30 a.m., Virginia State Police saw the suspect’s car headed east on Interstate 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.
Flanagan was a reporter at WDBJ for about a year using the on-air name, Bryce Williams, according to a former WDBJ employee.
Flanagan was fired from the station, though the reason was not made public, the ex-employee said.
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