PERKINS TOWNSHIP - A domestic dispute this morning ended with a man committing suicide and the female victim being hospitalized after being shot in the back of the head.
The Perkins Township Police Department and Erie County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a two-vehicle accident and a nearly simultaneous report of a man with a handgun between 8:15 and 8:20 a.m.
Milan Police Chief Jim Ward said the man began pursuing a woman in his vehicle in front of Kalahari Waterpark Resort, noting "that's where the shots were fired." The pursuit continued farther north up U.S. 250, where the man ran his truck into the woman's vehicle and went into a ditch, he said.
It's believed the man got out of his truck at some point and then shot the woman in the back of the head. She was transported to Firelands Regional Medical Center, where deputies said it appears she will survive.
"She evidently was shot and went to the Perkins Police Department. That's what I picked up from the radio," Ward said.
A deputy arrived just after the crash happened and the man had a .32 mm handgun in his hand. Authorities said the man put the gun to his head and threatened to commit suicide.
The deputy attempted to talk to the man as he backpedaled. He eventually went into a nearby corn field and shot himself, authorities said.
A Perkins dispatcher said relatives had not been notified as of press time, so police weren't releasing his name. Chief Tim McClung was unavailable for comment.
Ward said the man and were woman were involved in a Milan-area domestic dispute last week.
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