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Vero Beach Carjacking Suspect Who Committed Suicide Had 88 Felonies

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Newly released dashboard camera video shows a shoplifting suspect pointing a gun at an Indian River County Sheriff’s Office deputy just before he took his own life on Tuesday.

The video shows the final moments of the encounter between the deputy and Ronnie Spradlin, who shot himself in the head, an autopsy revealed.

The incident occurred just before 6 p.m. Tuesday outside the Walmart on the corner of State Road 60 and 58th Avenue.

Sheriff Deryl Loar says deputies were called to a shoplifting complaint.

When they arrived, the 43-year-old suspect pulled out a gun and shot at them, before trying to carjack a family that was visiting from out of town.

A mother and father, whose two children were in the back seat, were injured while trying to escape and were taken to a hospital. Both are expected to recover.

Spradlin then carjacked another person and drove away.

However, he came to a dead end while being followed by a deputy.

The suspect then pointed a gun at the deputy, who fired several shots through his windshield.

Autopsy results later revealed that Spradlin shot himself in the right temple. He died at the scene.

“The video will clearly show you that the coward takes his own life,” Loar says.

Investigators determined the suspect was an 88-time felon who had been wanted for burglary in Virginia.

The three deputies were not injured, but are on paid leave, which is standard procedure in such cases.