Man dies following chase with deputies

November 10th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

A Lynchburg man is dead after he apparently took his own life following a car chase with police.

A press release from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department said that Richard Coogan, 34, apparently shot himself in the head after leading police on a chase that was stopped at the Marathon-Edenton Road/Taylor Pike intersection in Wayne Township Nov. 4.

According to the sheriff’s department, Wayne Township police were dispatched at 8:30 p.m. to investigate a reckless driving report involving damage to mailboxes and signs on Newtonsville Road. Wayne Township officers chased the vehicle, which was eventually located by Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies and stopped through the use of stop sticks.

According to the sheriff’s department, as officers approached the vehicle, a single shot from inside the vehicle was heard. The driver of the vehicle, Coogan, was killed by the shot.

Two other people were also in the vehicle, both males, ages 11 and 18. They were not injured.

The investigation indicates that a single handgun shot was fired, striking Coogan in the head. Air Care was called to the scene, where they pronounced Coogan dead. He was transported to the Hamilton County Coroner’s office for autopsy.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

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