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Suspect fatally shot himself after police chase in DeKalb

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A 19-year-old south suburban man fatally shot himself in his vehicle after a police chase in central Illinois on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Officers observed a vehicle that had been reported stolen in an armed carjacking in DeKalb headed westbound on Route 38 near Rochelle, and pursued the vehicle, according to a statement from Illinois State Police.

The vehicle came to a stop in a field near I-39 after officers used a “pursuit termination device,” police said.

Malik Henry then shot himself inside his vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:07 p.m., according to police and the Ogle County coroner’s office. Henry lived in south suburban Hazel Crest.

The coroner’s office did not release further information Friday pending toxicological tests.