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Corpse found in trunk after police chase ends with suicide

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Corpse found in trunk after police chase ends with suicide
Photo: DPA
13:40 CEST+02:00
Police discovered a woman's corpse in the trunk of man's car on Wednesday, after he shot himself in the head while trying to flee the scene of another shooting in the Hessian town of Wellerode near Kassel.

The 62-year-old man, who died just a few hours later at a nearby hospital, is suspected of shooting a 47-year-old in an apartment during the night, police spokeswoman Sabine Knöll said in a statement. Neighbours heard gunshots and called police, who found the victim with serious wounds.

The suspect fled the scene in a small car, while police mounted a manhunt in the area, Knöll said. Several hours later patrol officers spotted the vehicle on the B83 motorway near Albhausen, but when they pulled the car over, the man shot himself before they reached him.

An emergency doctor arrived at the scene by helicopter, where the man was treated and then taken to a nearby hospital by ambulance, where he died some hours later, Knöll said.

Meanwhile police discovered the body of an unidentified woman in the trunk of the Mercedes A-Class.

The police said their investigation was ongoing and they expected to give more information on the woman's identity and how she died soon.

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