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A man shot himself in the head after a brief chase with a police officer in a Hayward neighborhood this afternoon, a Hayward police spokesman said. Police received calls around 4 p.m. about a strange man unknown to neighbors in a residential area on Montgomery Street north of Simon Street that was walking up driveways and behaving bizarrely, Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said. Before officers arrived neighbors said the man may have a gun, according to Keener.
An officer found the suspect wandering, but when the suspect spotted the officer he started running away. A short chase ensued and the officer heard a gun shot, Keener said. The officer then came upon the suspect down on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Medical personnel were called to the scene where the man was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Keener said the man was breathing but unresponsive. Investigators found a firearm next to the man, Keener said.
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