The hunt for an estranged boyfriend who authorities say shot a woman in the head as she was leaving work ended Friday after he was found dead.
Police said Alan D. Lovelace Jr. committed suicide following a police chase in San Diego.
Lovelace was a suspect in the Nov. 20 shooting of a woman in the parking lot of OOIDA, a trucking organization at R. D. Mize and Kirby roads in Grain Valley, MO, after an argument.
The victim, 33-year-old Amie Wieland, remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. The shooting was related to domestic violence, police said.
During the course of the investigation, Grain Valley detectives and the Kansas City Police Career Criminal Unit worked together in attempting to locate Lovelace.
Shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, Grain Valley detectives monitored a ping on a cell phone that Lovelace had recently obtained.
The ping revealed Lovelace was in a beach community of San Diego. Authorities in the area were notified.
Police said about 30 minutes later they found Lovelace in the victim's stolen minivan.
Officers attempted to stop and apprehend Lovelace, but he fled and led San Diego police on a lengthy pursuit.
"We opted to move forward with officers in a safe manner, approach the vehicle and break one of the side windows. We were immediately able to determine that the person had shot himself, and he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest," said Lt. David Rohowitz, with the San Diego Police Department.
Police said Lovelace shot and killed himself with a small-caliber handgun.
"A weapon was recovered in the vehicle. It is not certain if it was the same weapon that was used in the attempted murder of this person's girlfriend," Rohowitz said.
Friends of Wieland said they are working on gathering donations to provide Christmas gifts to the couple's children who were unharmed.
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