OMAHA – Law enforcement officials have identified the man who fatally shot himself Thursday after a pursuit that started in Saunders County and ended near 180th and Harrison Streets.
Blake Cedar, 26, of Omaha, was wanted on a felony warrant issued on a parole violation connected to the possession of a weapon, Sarpy County officials said Friday.
Autopsy results confirmed that Cedar's death was from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
The pickup truck Cedar was driving was being pursued by Saunders County sheriff's deputies and the Nebraska State Patrol after a theft in Wahoo, the patrol said. The chase ended in suburban Sarpy County.
Authorities say Cedar may have fired in the direction of a Saunders County deputy who tried to stop him.
No one other than the man was injured, and the patrol said preliminary information shows that no officers, deputies or troopers fired back in the man’s direction.
The weapon Cedar used to shoot himself was a Taurus 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, which was stolen in Omaha, officials said.
Two women who were in the Ford pickup with the man were interviewed by Sarpy County sheriff’s deputies.
At the patrol’s request, the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation.
Lt. Matt Sutter of the patrol said the pursuit ended near 180th and Harrison Streets shortly before 3 p.m., when the pickup slowed and troopers heard a gunshot.
The patrol joined in the pursuit after the Saunders County deputy reported shots being fired, and the chase entered Sarpy County in an area of neighborhoods and strip malls. Law enforcement deployed stop sticks, Sutter said, but those were unsuccessful.
The pickup, which at one point eclipsed speeds of 100 mph, came to a stop on its own at 181st and Gertrude Streets, Sutter said.