The search for an armed man ended Thursday when he fatally shot himself in Boyle County, Kentucky State Police said.
Just after noon Thursday, the state police post in Richmond received a tip that Matthew Dale Grider, 36, had been seen in the area of Curtis Road in rural southwestern Boyle County, state police said in a release.
The Boyle County Sheriff's Department, with one K9 unit and KSP personnel, responded to the area and began to track Grider. The search led to a field where Grider was spotted as he fled on foot out the rear of a barn.
Following a lengthy pursuit, Grider brandished a firearm and fatally shot himself, state police said. No shots were fired by law enforcement.
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The search for Grider began Wednesday afternoon in neighboring Casey County, when a state trooper had stopped to check on a stranded motorist. When the trooper checked the vehicle's license number, he discovered the car's owner, Grider, was wanted on active arrest warrants, police said.
Grider pulled a pistol from his pocket, exchanged gunfire with the trooper and then fled into some woods. The trooper was unhurt in the incident, which happened about Wednesday afternoon on Sand Knob Road.
The trooper was working with the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigation Unit, officials said.
The death investigation is being handled by detectives with Richmond state police post.