The Canberra Times is rather excited by the news that a man who was involved in a high speed police chase on Wednesday died yesterday afternoon.
David “DJ” McLaughlin shot himself in a car in Gungahlin which was surrounded by armed police. He was pronounced dead at the Canberra Hospital.
On Wednesday evening the police chase involving McLaughlin apparently began when police noticed him in a stolen car at Hawker shops. Police said he rammed th police car and crashed into two othe cars when trying to get away from there.
The police chase went from there down to Flynn where McLaughlin abandoned the car. Flynn was locked down for hours, causing much inconvenience to residents who have been complaining to the paper, while police searched for the man. They had seen him holding a shotgun sometime during all this.
Yesterday McLaughlin was ‘intercepted” in Ngunnawal, in a different car. Police began negotiations with him via mobile phone, and during this he threatened self harm. Superintendent Brian McDonald told the CT (in typical police fashion) that around 4.50pm McLaughlin had discharged a firearm “causing self harm”. he was treated at the scene by ambulance officers the police had gotten on hand, but later died at hospital.
Superintendent McDonald said police think McLaughlin usually lived in Canberra’s north and that he had family living locally who had been in touch with police. He also said that McLaughlin was wanted on a warrant for an unrelated matter.