State Police: Suspect Shoots Self in Arkansas Chase

WHITE COUNTY, Ark. - A Missouri man is hospitalized after authorities say he crashed his vehicle into local law enforcement vehicles and then shot himself during a Wednesday night police chase.

It began along U.S. Highway 67 in Bald Knob and ended in Beebe with multiple law enforcement agencies involved and the suspect driver reportedly trying to take his own life. That's all according to an Arkansas State Police (ASP) news release issued Thursday morning.

The man has been identified as Phillip Stroisch, 42, of Chesterfield. He was wanted by Missouri authorities for felony assault, the ASP release said.

Police were able to locate Phillip Stroisch after a woman from St. Louis spotted his car when she was driving near Bald Knob (White County).

According to KSDK, Channel 5 in St. Louis, the woman had recognized the suspect's vehicle from news broadcasts and contacted local authorities.

During the incident on Tuesday in Missouri, Chesterfield Police believe Stroisch fired several shots into a home around 5 a.m. Two people who were inside were struck. Police said their injuries were not life-threatening.

The Chesterfield incident is believed to be connected to a domestic disturbance that happened before that in south St. Louis County.  [Click here to see this story's timeline of events].

Stroisch, who was reported to have been critically wounded, was taken to a Little Rock hospital after being stabilized by White County medical personnel. There's no further word on his condition.

The chase began near Bald Knob and involved officers with the Judsonia Police Department and deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Office.

Local law enforcement jurisdictions have requested special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the shooting incident. Upon completion of the investigation, agents will submit their file to the prosecuting attorney for review.

Wednesday evening report on St. Louis incidents related to this case (KSDK):


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