Somerset County man committed suicide after police chase www.privateofficer.com
PRINCESS ANNE MD July 9 2012– A Somerset County man committed suicide following an evening police chase that hospitalized a Maryland State Police trooper.
Police said 45-year-old Alvin Darris Melvin of Princess Anne shot himself to death at the end of the brief pursuit, which began at 8:30 p.m. Friday. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
MSP spokesman Greg Shipley said the reason why Melvin killed himself remains under investigation.
“There’s not a clear motive as to why he took those actions,” Shipley said. “Everything happened very quickly and it wasn’t an extended pursuit. It all occurred in close proximity in a short period of time.”
The chase began when a trooper was patrolling on West Post Office Road in Princess Anne and spotted a 1998 Ford, driven by Melvin, with a passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt. It was at that point the trooper attempted to pull the car over, but Melvin allegedly refused to stop and was speeding away.
After going through Princess Anne, the chase continued onto northbound Route 13 with an additional trooper and two Princess Anne police officers joining in the pursuit. The second trooper vehicle, driven by Trooper First Class D. Tebbins, took the lead in the chase of Melvin and pulled into the adjacent lane to force him to pull over.
It was at that point that Melvin allegedly rammed Tebbins’ car, forcing the trooper’s vehicle into the median, striking several trees before overturning and catching fire. One of the Princess Anne officers ended their pursuit to help Tebbins and his K-9 officer escape from the car.
Police said Melvin lost control of his car and crashed into the ditch on the shoulder of Route 13, south of Loretto Road.
The first trooper and the remaining Princess Anne officer requested that both Melvin and the passenger exit the car. The passenger, a 16-year-old juvenile, heeded the officer’s request, but Melvin did not, police said.
As officers continued to order Melvin to get out of the car, they heard a gunshot coming from the vehicle and noticed Melvin was not moving. Police approached the car and found Melvin with a gunshot wound to the head and a .40 caliber pistol in his lap.
Emergency crews were called to the location and Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene. Tebbins was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. The K-9 was taken to an emergency veterinarian and was treated and released.
Police said the Ford was registered to Melvin’s wife and a full search of the car will be conducted once a warrant is obtained. The gun found on Melvin was not reported stolen.
According to online court records, Melvin was scheduled to appear in Wicomico County Circuit Court next month on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from an April 29 traffic stop.