Robbery suspect kills self after chase

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — A robbery suspect is dead after shooting himself in the head.

Danville Police responded to Kohl’s about 3 pm, Monday. When officers approached the suspect’s car, he drove off.

After a brief chase, the suspect crashed his car into a pole on North Vermilion, between Boiling Springs and West Lake Boulevard.

Authorities say he got out, ran into a field and showed a gun before shooting himself in the head once.

Tuesday morning, Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup released the name of the Iowa man who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Robert Mikesell, 37, of Cedar Rapids, was pronounced dead about 5:40 pm, Monday, at the hospital.

An autopsy is scheduled and an inquest may be held at a later date. The death is being investigated. 

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