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Suspect shoots self in chase with Columbia police

COLUMBIA  (AP) — Authorities say a suspect in an armed robbery in Columbia shot himself while being chased by officers.

Investigators said an officer spotted a car thought to be involved in the robbery Sunday night, turned on his blue lights and tried to pull the car over.

Police say the car sped off, but wrecked. The suspect then started running with a gun in his hand.

Investigators say the officer yelled at the suspect to stop and drop the gun, but the suspect shot himself in the head.

Authorities say the man was taken to the hospital. His condition was not known, and his name has not been released.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting because a police officer was involved in the incident.

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