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Man who shot himself after Cape police chase dies

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The man who shot himself after a police chase through Cape Girardeau last Tuesday has died, according to patrolman Darin Hickey.

Hickey identified the man as Sean Smith, 43, of Cape Girardeau.  Smith passed away at a local hospital, Hickey said.

Smith was suspected of assaulting a woman on the Cape LaCroix Trail, along with other misdemeanor offenses reported in Cape Girardeau. 

Coroner John Clifton says Smith died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.  According to Clifton neither a coroner's inquest or autopsy will be necessary.

The official cause of death will be listed as a traumatic brain injury and the manner of death will be listed as a suicide, according to the coroner.

Clifton says the cause came as a result of reviewing the medical records, police reports, civilian witnesses and officer's statements.

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