Suicide victim identified |

Suicide victim identified

Police identified the man who shot himself Friday night after leading four law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase through South Shore as a 35-year-old Sacramento resident.

Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators said they are still trying to understand why Thomas Linn Hansen fled officers and eventually shot himself in the head.

California Highway Patrol officers tried to stop Hansen in Meyers around 11 p.m. after they received a call of a male suspect driving erratically and brandishing a weapon.

The chase continued east into South Lake Tahoe on U.S. Highway 50, with South Lake Tahoe Police, the Nevada Highway Patrol, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department joining in the pursuit. Road spikes placed on the highway in front of Embassy Suites punctured at least two of Hansen’s tires. He continued on, ramming a sheriff’s patrol unit in the Caesars Tahoe parking lot and then traveling to Upper Lake Parkway before losing control of his vehicle. As law enforcement officers closed in, Hansen killed himself with a single gunshot to the head.

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