Swainsboro man takes life after police chase

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A kidnapping suspect fired "repeatedly" at Swainsboro police this morning, then killed himself with his three children in the car, authorities say.

The incident started around 1 a.m. when Willie C. Scott Jr., 41, of Swainsboro abducted his child and two stepchildren, a news release states. Scott then reportedly called their mother and threatened to harm her and the kids.

Swainsboro police were searching for Scott when the children's mother dialed 911 about 20 minutes later and alerted them that Scott was at a house in the Oak Grove Community with the three children. Scott sped away as officers pulled up, then fired "repeatedly" at a police cruiser giving chase, the release states.

Cpl. Newton Meadows, who was driving the cruiser, was injured by flying glass but continued the pursuit. He did not fire back because of the three children in the car.

Scott finally came to a stop on Stanley Grove Road, where officers heard one last gun shot. Officers approached the car to find Scott dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the three children unharmed. All told, seven law enforcement agencies assisted in the pursuit; the Georgia Bureau of Investigations is now handling the case.

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nofrills
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nofrills 03/24/10 - 04:08 pm
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these poor kids!

these poor kids!

jsherrill
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jsherrill 03/24/10 - 06:25 pm
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It is a shame that these kids

It is a shame that these kids will have this to deal with the rest of their lives.

jsherrill
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jsherrill 03/24/10 - 06:25 pm
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It is a shame that these kids

It is a shame that these kids will have this to deal with the rest of their lives.

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corgimom 03/24/10 - 08:38 pm
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What happened was terrible;

What happened was terrible; but at last that family can now be at peace and they never have to deal with him again.

Mug shot from a prior arrest-http://www.wtoc.com/global/story.asp?s=12198777

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johnston.cliff 03/24/10 - 09:05 pm
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I didn't see the age of the

I didn't see the age of the children, but if they're near 10 they'll remember the incident the rest of their lives. They'll never be rid of him.

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Riverman1 03/24/10 - 09:10 pm
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It looks like a trend is

It looks like a trend is starting in the CSRA. When the cops pull you over, you shoot yourself.

Trey Enfantay
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Trey Enfantay 03/24/10 - 11:31 pm
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RM1 - We can only hope so. It

RM1 - We can only hope so. It will help the budget.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 03/25/10 - 11:10 am
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At least they'll have the

At least they'll have the rest of their lives TO deal with it.

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