Domestic Terrorizing Suspect Dies after High Speed Chase
Gorham Police were investigating an alleged domestic terrorizing incident, when the suspect led them on a high speed chase.
A woman called police on Sunday to report her ex-boyfriend had allegedly threatened her and her parents, and allegedly told them he was going to take his own life. According to News Center Maine, the responding Gorham police officer found the suspect's black GMC Yukon parked in front of the woman's parent's home on Mighty Street in Gorham, and the suspect engaged in an animated conversation with the family. The officer turned on his emergency lights and the Yukon took off, driving at a high rate of speed towards Route 114. As the officer prepared to pursue the fleeing vehicle, the family told him that the suspect allegedly had a firearm. He followed the suspect's vehicle west on Route 114 into Standish.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office got involved in the pursuit, and deployed a spike mat. The suspect avoided the spikes, however, and continued on for several miles toward Sebago before running off the road and into some trees. A perimeter was set up, involving several agencies, and the road closed to traffic while officials tried to communicate with the man and safely resolve the incident. When their attempts proved unsuccessful, police approached the vehicle just before 6 p.m. and found the driver was deceased.
Police have not released the suspect's name, pending notification of family. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death. Standish Fire and EMS, and State Police assisted Gorham Police and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
The incident remains under investigation.
We'll update this story as more details become available.