Ex-Trooper Sought in Dallas Shootings Dies

Police are working to match the gun used in Brian Smith's suicide with the murder weapon.
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Dec 25, 2008 6:39 PM CST
Police say former Utah State Trooper Brian Smith, who was sought in Texas on robbery and burglary warrants, shot himself during a standoff in the Dallas suburb of Garland on Monday.   (AP Photo/KTVX ABC TV Salt Lake City)
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(Newser) – The former Utah state trooper implicated in a Dallas freeway shooting spree died in a Texas hospital last night after shooting himself during a police standoff, the AP reports. Authorities suspect that Brian Smith, 37, caused at least one of two roadside deaths Monday, but ballistics tests have yet to confirm that bullet casings from his gun match those found at one of the crime scenes.