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UPDATE: State Troopers Continue Death Investigation in Bridgeville

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BRIDGEVILLE, Del. – Troopers are continuing their investigation into the death of a 35-year-old man after a pursuit in western Sussex County.

State Police say the incident began around 6:30 p.m. when an off-duty trooper saw a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the bank robbery at the PNC Bank in Milford on Thursday, April 2.

According to police, the maroon Chevrolet Impala was seen traveling westbound on Hickman Road west of Greenwood before it turned southbound on Linden School Road and out of site of the trooper.

Police say around 7:25 p.m., a trooper on patrol saw the maroon Impala on Shell Bridge Road entering the town of Bethel. Police say the trooper began following the car before other troopers began closing in on the suspected armed subject.

Once on Route 13, troopers say the car turned northbound and continued to elude pursuing troopers. Police say the car turned eastbound on Middleford Road and continued traveling through stop signs until it eventually reached Seashore Highway.

According to Delaware State Police, the Bridgeville Police Department deployed their Tire Deflation Device (Stop Sticks) in the westbound lane of travel near Oak Road. Police say the Impala struck the device, which began slowly deflating the tires.

As the car began to stop between Oak Road and Sanflippo Road, troopers say they heard a gunshot. As troopers and officers converged on the car, police say they found a 35-year-old male dead in the passenger's seat with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say the driver, a 31-year-old female of Greenwood, was unharmed and taken into custody without further incident. No charges have been filed on the female at this time.

The Delaware Division of Forensic Science responded to the scene and removed the body to conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of death.

Police say foul play is not suspected and the incident is being investigated as an apparent suicide at this time.

State Police Detectives are working with Milford Police Department and continuing their investigation into this incident.

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