Man Who Shot Himself During Pursuit Identified

The man who took his own life during a pursuit on Thursday afternoon has been identified. 

The Sarpy County Sheriff's Office says 26 year old Blake Cedar, of Omaha, was behind the wheel during the pursuit from Saunders County into Sarpy County. Authorities confirmed that Cedar had an active felony warrant in Nebraska issued on December 7, for a parole violation due to possession of a weapon.

The Nebraska State Patrol says a man died of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound at the end of a pursuit near 181st and Gertrude.

The pursuit began just before 3:00 when the Saunders County Sheriff’s Department began pursuing Cedar in a black Ford F-150, with speeds hitting an excess of 80 miles per hour on Highway 92.

The truck then entered the Omaha metro area, continuing at a high rate of speed and at times driving against oncoming traffic.  

Minutes later, the vehicle entered a residential neighborhood and came to a stop with a flat rear tire near 181st and Gertrude St. At the point, a trooper heard a single gunshot. 

Upon approaching the vehicle, the trooper found Cedar with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. two women in the truck at the time of the incident were not injured.

Autopsy results confirmed that the manner of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  The weapon used was a Taurus 9mm semi-automatic handgun, which was stolen in Omaha.  

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