Police: 'Suicide Gunman' Had Violent Record

Jodon Romero, 33, killed himself live on Fox News

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 29, 2012 3:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – The gunman whose suicide was broadcast live on Fox News yesterday had just stolen a car and led Phoenix police on a 90-minute chase, the Arizona Republic reports. Police today identified him as Jodon Romero, 33, a violent, convicted criminal who was wanted for parole violation on a weapons charge. Cops first spotted him yesterday morning stealing "a 2008 Dodge Caliber at gunpoint from two people at a restaurant," police said in a statement.

Police gave chase but resorted to surveillance when Romero ran red lights and drove recklessly. Even then, he fired shots at officers waiting by the road and at a pursuing police helicopter. Finally he drove off the I-10 Freeway about 80 miles before the California state line and abandoned his car in a deserted area—where he ended it all, at about 12:30pm. Fox anchor Shepard Smith apologized for airing his suicide on national TV, saying, "We really messed up. And we're all very sorry."

This image provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodon Romero.
This image provided by the Arizona Department of Corrections shows Jodon Romero.   (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)
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