Suspect shoots himself inside car following police pursuit in Murfreesboro

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(Source: Murfreesboro Police Department)

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) — An armed suspect was injured after shooting himself inside a car following a police pursuit in Murfreesboro on Friday.

Police say the suspect was wanted for auto burglary at the Campus Crossings Apartments on North Rutherford Boulevard around 10:40 a.m. The vehicle’s owner saw the 19-year-old suspect sitting in the front seat of his car going through the glove box. The suspect pointed a gun at the car’s owner before leaving in a stolen white Lexus.

Regal Inn shooting/pursuit (Source: Murfreesboro Police Department)

Officers spotted the Lexus on South Rutherford Blvd. and attempted to stop the driver but he refused, leading police on a pursuit. The suspect then rammed three Murfreesboro Police Department patrol units and a Rutherford County patrol SUV before crashing into another person’s car in front of the Regal Inn on South Church Street.

Investigators say the suspect fired a shot inside the stolen Lexus, injuring himself. No officers reportedly fired their weapons.

The suspect is in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation regarding the shooting while the Tennessee Highway Patrol investigates the crash.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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