Suspect Identified In Thurston County Chase

The Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Thurston County Attorney has identified the suspect involved in a Saturday, May 10, pursuit which ended near Macy in Thurston County.

Eric Michael Johnson, 38, Elk Point, S.D., was pronounced dead on Saturday. Investigators say Johnson was the driver of a Ford F150 pickup which led authorities on a pursuit which crossed into Nebraska from Iowa, just before 8:00 p.m., and ended at 8:10 pm., just North of Macy near the Highway 75/94 Junction.

The pickup driven by Johnson came to a stop after hitting spike strips set up by law enforcement near the Highway 75/94 Junction. Law enforcement approaching the suspect vehicle found Johnson unresponsive from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. An autopsy will be conducted. The Nebraska State Patrol continues to investigate the incidents surrounding the pursuit in Nebraska.

Sheriff's Offices in Thurston County, Nebraska, and Woodbury County, Iowa, along with law enforcement agencies in Walthill, Macy, Winnebago and Sioux City, Iowa were involved in the pursuit.

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