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UPDATE: A Florida Man & His Niece Died in the Monday Police Chase

UPDATE: A Florida Man & His Niece Died in the Monday Police Chase
May 12
16:33 2015


Benjamin Edwards

Benjamin James Edwards III

Reports indicate that the two people involved in the multi-state police chase Monday on the Navajo Nation, and who ended up dead, were a 31-year old Florida man and his 14-year old niece, also from Florida.

Authorities tell us the man was identified as Benjamin James Edwards III of St. Augustine. The two were in a Nissan Pathfinder and reportedly skipped paying for some gas in Cortez, Colorado late Monday morning. Authorities tried to pull the vehicle over and it took off, starting the chase. It ended in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Shots were reportedly fired from the suspect vehicle during the chase. At least one police cruiser was struck by a bullet. However, there were no injuries reported, except for the two deaths following the chase.

According to reports, both the man and the young girl died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head. The car had come to a halt on a dead-end Shiprock street.

Edwards had reportedly been a person of interest in the disappearance of his niece. She had been missing since early May.

The FBI is heading the investigation, which is continuing.


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