Palmer man flees Anchorage police, shoots himself

Posted: Sunday, February 09, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Palmer man shot and killed himself after fleeing from Anchorage police Thursday night, officers said.

David K. Hayes, 29, was pronounced dead at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

According to the police, officers were called to Skipper's Seafood 'N Chowder House on Dimond Boulevard shortly after 6 p.m. when managers reported that a man who had previously passed bad checks was again in the restaurant.

Two patrol officers saw Hayes sitting in the restaurant eating a meal. Computer databases indicated Hayes also had an outstanding felony warrant for theft.

The officers told Hayes he was under arrest and one officer attempted to grab him by the left arm. Hayes pulled away, pushed the other officer out of the way and ran out the front door, officers said.

The officers chased Hayes through the parking lot, across Dimond Boulevard and into the Dimond Center parking lot.

The officers said they lost sight of Hayes after he ran up a hill and over elevated railroad tracks.

They pursued him to near 87th Avenue and King Street, heard a shot and spotted Hayes mortally wounded.

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