Motorcyclist Dead in Apparent Suicide After Fleeing Police Stop, DA Says

The Essex County District Attorney's Office says a man is believed to have shot himself in Haverhill, Massachusetts, after a detective speaking with him learned the motorcycle he was riding was not registered or insured

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A motorcyclist was found fatally shot, apparently by suicide, after running from a police stop in Haverhill, Massachusetts Tuesday, authorities said.

A detective with the Haverhill Police Department noticed the motorcyclist, a 24-year-old man from Haverhill, was not wearing a helmet when he pulled into a 7-Eleven gas station on River Street just after noon, according to the Essex County District Attorney's Office.

During their conversation, the detective learned the motorcycle was not registered or insured, prosecutors said.

The man fled on foot, prosecutors said, and the detective chased after him. Other officers were called in to help apprehend him, but, after running behind a building several blocks down River Street, the man was found dead from a gun shot wound that was apparently self-inflicted.

The man wasn't identified Tuesday, while his family was being notified. The incident is under investigation, authorities said.

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