Suspect In Multi-State Chase Took His Own Life

The suspect involved in a police chase across state lines took his own life when confronted by police.

The Illinois State Police reports 39 year old Leslie Austin, kidnapped his girlfriend and her child in Jefferson City on Tuesday.


The woman, identified as Danielle Smith, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the incident. The child was uninjured.

Austin led police on a chase that lasted for more than 150 miles. During the chase he was firing a gun at officers, and shot and killed a Florissant man during a car jacking.

Autopsy results revealed Austin shot himself in the head during a gunfire exchange with police.

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