| Erie Times-News
Pennsylvania State Police said a man was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment of a gunshot wound after shooting himself on Route 20 in Fairview Township following a vehicle pursuit on Friday morning.
The man, whose name and age were not released, was the subject of a welfare check that was phoned into state police in Mercer on Friday at about 8:45 a.m.
State police in Mercer and Meadville began searching for the man when troopers based in Meadville spotted the man’s vehicle and attempted to stop it on Interstate 79 near the McKean exit in Erie County, according to information released from state police Troop E headquarters in Lawrence Park Township.
The man failed to stop and a pursuit ensued that traveled from I-79 to Route 98, then north toward Route 20. Troopers set up a roadblock in the area of Route 20 and the driver struck a state police vehicle as he swerved to avoid the roadblock and stopped, state police said.
As troopers approached the man’s vehicle, he “injured himself with a self-inflicted gunshot,” state police reported in a news release.
The shooting was reported at about 9:30 a.m. Friday in the area of Route 20 and Manchester Road in Fairview. State police asked motorists to avoid the area as troopers and area fire police members shut down some roads and rerouted traffic.
The roads reopened late Friday morning.
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