Nova Scotia

Man shoots himself while fleeing police

Halifax police say a man shot himself while running from officers Saturday after they'd pulled the car he was in over.

Halifax police say a man shot himself while running from officers Saturday in Dartmouth .

Police pulled a car over just after 2:30 a.m. local time on Main Street, near the intersection of Helene Avenue.

As police dealt with the driver, the passenger jumped out of the car and ran.

"As police officers began to pursue him, they heard a single gunshot discharged," said Sgt. Nancy Rudback for Halifax Regional Police.

Rudback said the man still managed to elude police, even after a tracking dog was called.

Police believe the same 27-year-old man was treated Saturday at the Dartmouth General Hospital for a firearm wound to his abdomen.

"When the male turned himself into Dartmouth General with the gunshot wound, it appears that this is the same male that is suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound which occurred while he was fleeing from police."

A police news release said the man was transported to the QEII Health Sciences Centre where he underwent surgery for serious injuries.

With files from The Canadian Press