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Police: Man kills self after chase; boy unhurt

PRESCOTT – A 24-year-old Prescott man allegedlyshot himself in the head Saturday after he engaged in a 15-mile pursuit with authorities that ended in Cornville.

The 2-year-old Prescott boy whom his mother reported missing Thursday was unhurt in the victim's vehicle.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO), at about 1:10 p.m. Sedona police officers and the Forest Service chased a vehicle driven by a person the Prescott Police Department wanted for questioning only.

YCSO said that Thursday night a Prescott woman told detectives that her live-in boyfriend, 24-year-old Kevin R. Ellis, and her 2-year-old son had gone to the store and had not returned.

When the woman had not heard from Ellis or her son on Friday, Prescott detectives immediately circulated Ellis' name and description to local law enforcement agencies. The bulletin also described the woman's son and Ellis' vehicle.

According to Sedona police and Forest Service officers, authorities saw the vehicle in question on Forest Road 152 near Dry Creek Road outside of Sedona. Officers said they tried to stop the vehicle, but Ellis continued driving. YCSO deputies, who assisted officers in the pursuit, went to the intersection of Highway 89A and Forest Road 525 to put out stop sticks to disable the pick-up truck.

The truck's right front tire struck one of the sticks, but it kept going. Deputies put out a second set of stop sticks a few miles away, but the suspect avoided them. He continued east on Cornville Road. Department of Public Safety officers then helped box the suspect's vehicle between theirs and stopped it. As the suspect's vehicle came to a complete stop, DPS officers heard a single gunshot. Officers found that Ellis had shot himself in the head with a handgun.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene and took Ellis to the Verde Valley Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead.

Authorities took the boy to Phoenix Children's Hospital for injuries that they believe are unrelated to Saturday's incident, police said.

YCSO is investigating the suicide, while Prescott detectives are investigating the boy's abduction.

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