Bizarre suicide closes Denver street for hours |

Bizarre suicide closes Denver street for hours

Alan Gathright
Rocky Mountain News
Vail, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado ” A motorist eluding police committed suicide early today, forcing the closure of West Sixth Avenue near Wadsworth Boulevard.

Westbound Sixth Avenue reopened about 6 a.m., three hours after the bizarre suicide. Eastbound lanes for the major commuting route reopened about 6:20 a.m.

The incident began just after 3 a.m. when a police officer attempted to stop a black Audi for a traffic violation on westbound Sixth Avenue near Sheridan Boulevard, said Denver police spokesman Detective John White.

The motorist drove off, briefly eluding the officer, White added. The officer soon found the vehicle abandoned a short distance west on Sixth Avenue.

About a half-mile from where the car was parked, the officer found the driver on foot in the eastbound lanes of Sixth Avenue just before Wadsworth.

“The man was armed with a gun and turned the gun on himself and unfortunately shot and killed himself,” White said. The officer never fired a shot.

White described the dead man only as white, and in his 40s.

The Denver coroner was conducting a midday auotopsy on the suicide victim. His identity has not been released.

Police don’t have a theory on why the driver killed himself.

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