North Charleston police officers saw the car on Interstate 26 early Thursday and chased it for about four miles before the vehicle smashed into a car in a used car lot. Two of the three people in the car then ran away.
Officers later found the body of 23-year-old Peter Andrew Villa III behind a nearby building.
Charleston County Deputy Coroner Dottie Lindsay says Villa died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound although it’s not clear whether he meant to shoot himself.
The two others in the car were charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest. One also faces a drug possession charge.