Washoe County Sheriff's Office
RENO, Nev. -- Two Jacksonville men are in custody following an alleged carjacking incident involving a Nevada Highway Patrol vehicle.
According to a release from the Nevada Highway Patrol, a NHP patrolman pulled over an SUV with Florida tags Monday afternoon that was allegedly being driven by 29-year-old Manuel Alejandro Rodriguez of Jacksonville.
While the trooper was conducting the traffic stop, an unidentified passenger allegedly exited the SUV and stole the patrolman's car. The unidentified suspect is accused of fleeing in the NHP vehicle leading troopers and additional law enforcement on a high speed chase.
Law enforcement officers were able to disable the alleged stolen NHP vehicle, however the unidentified suspect reportedly exited the car with the trooper's shotgun and carjacked another car, leaving the driver of that vehicle unharmed.
The unidentified suspect allegedly led law enforcement on yet another high speed chase and eventually lost control of the car while attempting to pass a semi truck, according to NHP.
NHP stated the unidentified suspect exited the wrecked vehicle with the stolen shotgun and allegedly started shooting in the air before turning the gun on himself.
Washoe County Coroner's Office is not releasing the name of the man who reportedly killed himself until he is positively identified.
Three other passengers were riding with Rodriguez: 23-year-old Christian M. Magllano Alzpurua also of Jacksonville, 29-year-old Mollie Keiko Bass, and a man who has not been identified by NHP.
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