Patrol: man shot himself during police chase

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a St. Joseph man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a chase in northeast Kansas.

The patrol says 29-year-old Jack Ryan Kelley fled from police Friday in Hiawatha, Kan. They say after his vehicle crashed, Kelley ran from the scene and then shot himself. He died later at a Kansas City hospital.

Hiawatha police chief John Defore says police found suspected illegal narcotics and drug paraphernalia at the Hiawatha home where Kelley was found before the chase began. A 6-year-old boy at the home was taken into police custody.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports (http://bit.ly/Po7Y5i ) that Kelley was a suspect in a Feb. 28 home invasion in St. Joseph, as well as other crimes in Andrew County.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, http://www.newspressnow.com

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