UPDATE: Man dead after crashing into residence, shooting himself

ST. GEORGE — A man died in the hospital Friday afternoon after apparently crashing a Toyota 4Runner into a residence off Canyon View Drive in St. George, fleeing the scene and then shooting himself.

At 10 p.m. Friday, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain confirmed that the man died Friday evening.

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About 1:30 p.m. the St. George Communication Center received a call that a vehicle had crashed into a residence in the Cottages North neighborhood at 2050 W. Canyon View Drive. The vehicle, a maroon Toyota 4Runner, didn’t go through the house but caused significant damage to the house, Despain said.

The driver was then seen running from the scene of the accident, Despain said. Initial reports stated that the man attempted to get into some of the nearby residences.

St. George Police officers responded to the scene in search of the man who had fled the scene. Officers located a man who matched the description given in the backyard of a nearby residence. The man appeared to have just shot himself, Despain said.

“This individual had what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” he said.

The man was about 50 years old, Despain said. He was transported in critical condition to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George by Gold Cross Ambulance.

Investigators are trying to determine what the circumstances were leading up to the crash.

We’re trying to investigate exactly why this took place,” Despain said. “There was a report of witnesses hearing what they believed to be a gunshot.”

At this point, the Police Department believes the man who was found with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound was the same man who was driving the Toyota 4Runner that crashed into the house, Despain said.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.

KCSG Reporter Melissa Anderson contributed the videocast to this report for KCSG and St. George News.

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  • Koolaid January 23, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Did Obama try to take his gun?

    • Floyd Kitchen January 23, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Obama gave him one in case you came around KOOLAID….

  • M and M cookies January 23, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Everyday in the news more accidents and guns, when is it going to stop, I,m afraid to go outside , I had a drunk drive thru my front yard, what did the police do?? Put him in jail and then released him to the reservation in Arizona,, so he can get away with no jail time. I had to fight for tthe money from the insurance company guess I was lucky the owner of tthe car had insurance..

  • ladybugavenger January 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Whats the purpose of shooting your own arm with a bullet?

    • LawandOrder January 23, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      Did he use a gun or just a bullet.?

    • ladybugavenger January 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Ya, I didn’t want to be confused with shooting yourself with meth, I mean with a needle, but, I’m pretty sure I misread the original article. Very sad indeed

  • No Info Available January 23, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Dang tweekers

  • ladybugavenger January 23, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Oh no

  • ladybugavenger January 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Very sad. Condolences to the family.

    • koolaid January 23, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Messed up, isn’t it?

  • Wenn January 23, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Breaks my heart every time someone has enough pain in their head to take their own life. So sad for them and the remaining family and friends. Heartbreaking!

    • Beavan January 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      The ultimate permanent solution (and selfish act) for a temporary problem. And his freinds and family get to carry this for the rest of their lives. Just sad.

  • Adolf Castro January 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the up date, while eating breakfast I had a vivid image of cold steel on the molars of a distraught person. Now go sensor SGN

  • Golden Pond on January 24, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    The bumper sticker of Obama made his truck look bigger.

  • Golden Pond on January 24, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Texting and driving is a bad sin just not worthy of the death penalty

  • Bunny2015 January 25, 2015 at 10:35 am


    • One for the road January 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      And your a moron

  • sagemoon January 26, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    Tragic. I wish those he left behind peace.

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