SC man kills self after cop chase

 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a man shot and killed himself after police chased a stolen car.

 

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.

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