GBI Agents: High speed chase ends in suicide

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -  A LaGrange man is dead after leading police on a wild ride.

Agents with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation say the suspect took his own life Monday after a high speed chase with authorities.

It all started when Troup County Sheriff's deputies went to arrest 32-year-old Brian Ellison at his LaGrange home on outstanding warrants.

GBI agents say Ellison took off and things quickly spiraled out of control.

Agents say Ellison started on foot and then hijacked a car at gunpoint, leading deputies and state troopers from Interstate 85 into LaGrange city limits.

After cutting through parking lots and neighborhoods and driving on sidewalks and the wrong side of the road, GBI agents say the chase came to a tragic end on Reeves Street when Ellison hit a parked car and bailed out.

"He exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. A trooper gave chase to Mister Ellison. At the time the trooper encountered Mister Ellison, it was revealed that Mister Ellison apparently shot himself with a handgun that he had in his possession on his person at the time," explained GBI Special Agent in Charge Rodney Wall.

Agents say Ellison was originally wanted for Financial Transaction Card Fraud.

During the chase, they say he did make several threats to shoot himself to officers.

The GBI's investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Agents are working in conjunction with the Troup County Sheriff's Office, LaGrange Police Department and Georgia State Patrol.

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