Suspect in Casper shooting dead after police chase

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A man suspected of shooting and injuring his ex-wife in Casper has died of in an apparent suicide after a pursuit with the Wyoming Highway Patrol in southwestern Wyoming.

The woman was shot twice at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Sgt. Joe Nickerson says the woman was conscious and able to talk with police officers.

Troopers spotted a car believed to belong to the suspected shooter — 45-year-old Arturo Ledezma — on Interstate 80 east of Lyman at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.

After a 15-mile pursuit the car crashed into a bridge deck. The pursuit continued for another mile before the car stopped. The patrol says officers approached the car and found Ledezma dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers believed he had intended to travel to Salt Lake City.

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