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Man hijacked Austin bus before killing himself

Published On: Apr 21 2013 01:06:32 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas -

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Police say a gunman hijacked a city bus in Austin, ordered the driver and passengers to get off, and led officers on a 30-mile chase into rural Texas before pulling over and killing himself.
    
The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/17Ccj6B ) the man boarded the bus about 4:30 p.m. Saturday. He forced everyone to leave the vehicle, got behind the steering wheel and drove off.
    
Police spotted the bus and pursued it. They tried several times to get the driver to pull over, but he refused.
    
Officers then put down road spikes and deflated the bus tires. The man eventually pulled into an auto parts store parking lot.
    
Police say officers heard a gunshot as they surrounded the bus. They say the man fatally shot himself. They didn't immediately release his name.