Man hijacks Austin city bus

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Associated Press

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 20 at 10:46 PM

AUSTIN (AP) — Police said a gunman hijacked a city bus in Austin, ordered the driver and the two passengers to get off, and led officers on a 30-mile chase before pulling over and killing himself.

The Austin American-Statesman reports 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 said officers heard a gunshot as they surrounded the bus. They said the man fatally shot himself. They didn't immediately release his name.

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