UPDATE 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: A 29-year-old man who led CHP officers on a chase from Coalinga to Paso Robles early Monday before shooting himself has died from his injuries, San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s officials said today.
The man was identified as Nathan Hamilton of Woodland Hills, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Odom. Hamilton was treated at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton. The date and time of his death were not immediately available.
Original story: A man in his 30s led CHP officers on a chase from Coalinga to Paso Robles early Monday before a gunshot was heard, and it was determined the man had shot himself.
The white male was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the CHP said. The authorities did not identify which hospital, nor release the man's name, specific age or hometown.
The incident began around 11 p.m. Sunday when the man was allegedly driving 70 mph on Interstate 5 near Coalinga. According to the CHP, officers ordered the man to pull over, but he refused.
Instead, he exited onto Highway 41 and headed south to San Luis Obispo County. He then merged onto Highway 46 and continued west toward Paso Robles.
As he neared Union Road, CHP officers put out a spike strip, which the man drove over, puncturing his tires. He then stopped on the shoulder.
Sheriff's deputies arrived to help out, and a single gunshot was heard by officers. They fired a nonlethal round into the cab of the Ford Ranger the man was driving; such a round was either a bean-bag round or a form of pepper spray, said Officer Bill Irons of the CHP.
Officers approached the truck and discovered the man had fired a stolen 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun on himself.
Authorities then called paramedics for medical aid.
An investigation continues.