Man reportedly shot himself on Interstate 10 Friday night

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM.

CHIPLEY — A man suspected of a recent crime spree in Mobile, Ala., died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Washington County on Feb. 8, according to reports.

“I’d just gotten home Friday night and gotten my boots off and I was called back out,” said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock. The incident occurred on Interstate 10, and the man died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, the sheriff said.

Washington County Sheriff’s Officers were advised that Parris Audwin Smith, 46, was armed and dangerous and wanted for a bank robbery, carjacking and robbery of a person in Mobile, Ala. 

At just after 6 p.m., officers with Washington County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle matching the description of the 2005 Honda Accord that Smith was said to have been driving traveling east on Interstate 10 at approximately 70 mph. 

The officers executed a traffic stop in which Smith complied and pulled into the emergency lane.  Following the stop, the officer instructed Smith to exit the vehicle and while doing so, the officer observed Smith place a handgun to the right side of his head.  Smith paused for a few seconds and then discharged the firearm, which struck Smith in the right side of his head and exited through the driver door window, according to a sheriff’s office report. 

 The officers approached Smith and secured the vehicle and firearm, at which time they observed Smith was still breathing. 

Washington County EMS, who was on scene, administered aid and transported Smith to Northwest Florida Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

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