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Robbery suspect commits suicide during foot pursuit

A man suspected of robbing a Turlock convenience store shot himself in the head while being pursued by Turlock police officers, the department reported.

The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office as Jaymar Brown, 44.

According to the police department, Brown shot himself in the head during a foot pursuit with officers. Brown was suspected of robbing a store at gunpoint a short time beforehand.

The robbery was reported at 5:43 p.m. Wednesday at a convenience store in the 400 block of Lander Avenue.

The suspect approached the counter and pointed a gun at the clerk. He demanded the money from the register and the clerk complied, handing over the cash, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

The suspect fled the store on foot and was seen by a witness running west on Vermont and north through an alley.

Officers began a search of the area and found the suspect near Broadway and A Street. He was carrying a handgun and ran from officers when they ordered him to stop.

Brown briefly barricaded himself behind trashcans in the 300 block of S. Broadway.

“Officers attempted to reason with the man but he refused to listen,” Parmley said.

Brown then ran and jumped over several fences.

“As the man ran from officers, he pointed the firearm at them then held the gun to his own head,” Parmley said.

The officers continued to follow after Brown and repeatedly ordered him to stop.

Near the corner of S. First and F streets, Brown pointed the gun at his head and fired.

Officers approached the man and disarmed him and then began life-saving measures, Parmley said. Brown was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center, where he died of his injuries.

The stolen cash was recovered at the scene.