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Sheriff: Wanted man kills himself during traffic stop near Savannah

Sheriff says Virginia man stole car in North Carolina, shot in Georgia

Portsmouth, Virgina, Police Department photo of STeven Michael Holmes
Portsmouth, Virgina, Police Department photo of STeven Michael Holmes

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. – A South Georgia sheriff says a convicted felon wanted for a series of violent crimes fatally shot himself before dawn Tuesday after being pulled over for driving erratically.

WTOC-TV quoted Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher as saying deputies found Steven Michael Holmes suffering from a gunshot wound to the head after being followed off Interstate 95, then stopped on Highway 21 in Port Wentworth. Wilcher said Holmes was pulled over shortly after 4:30 a.m. for failing to stay in a lane.

Authorities later identified Holmes, a 38-year-old sought by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, and determined he was driving a car stolen in North Carolina.

Portsmouth police tweeted that Holmes was wanted for attempted murder, abduction, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a minor by custodian. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating.


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