Man Who Leads Authorities On Pursuit Is Found Dead

Sat 1-28-2017

(Estherville)-- A suspect who led Dickinson and Emmet county authorities on a high speed chase this past Wednesday was found dead a short time following the pursuit.

Authorities say the pursuit started in Dickinson county when a deputy observed the suspect, 19-year-old Alexander Graves of Kansas City, in a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Sac City. The deputy attempted to pull over the vehicle, but it took off, resulting in a high speed pursuit that went into Emmet county. Deputies lost sight of the vehicle due to poor road conditions. Authorities say Graves eventually drove off the road. The vehicle went into a ditch and Graves fled into a field. He was found a little later deceased with a handgun beside him.

The body has been transferred to the State Coroner's Office in Ankeny where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death, however authorities believe Graves died of self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Emmet and Dickinson County Sheriff's Offices are being assisted in their ongoing investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.