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article imageCar chase and suicide shown live, news station apologizes

By Greta McClain     Sep 28, 2012 in Crime
Phoenix - As Fox News was covering a car chase in Phoenix, Arizona on Friday, the suspect stopped, got out of the car and began running around irritatingly before stopping and shooting himself in the head.
The suspect, who is who police carjacked a red Dodge Caliber at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Indian School, began running from police around 2:30 pm ET. Police police state the suspect fired shots at officers early in the pursuit according to MyFoxNY.
The pursuit, which went nearly 80 miles, mainly took place on I-10 and reached speeds of up to 110 mph. It lasted approximately one hour.
Just before 3:30 pm ET the suspect exited the highway and began traveling down a dirt road towards the small town of Salome according to My Pheonix Fox.
After driving down the dirt road briefly, the suspect exited the vehicle and began running around and appeared to be disoriented. The suspect finally stopped, put the gun to his head, became limp and fell forward. The entire event was being carried live on Fox News Channel.
The Huffington Post reports Fox News quickly cut away and went to commercial beak after the the suspect appeared to have shot himself. After the break, Fox host Shepard Smith told viewers the footage was on a 5-second time delay and shouldn't have been aired. He went on to say "We really messed up. We're all very sorry. That didn't belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV. I personally apologize to you that happened. That will not happen again on my watch, and I am sorry."
The video of the incident was posted on Buzzfeed, where it remains despite criticism.
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