Suspected Bank Robber Dies

The man acccused of robbing a Topeka bank and then leading police on a chase through town and onto the Interstate, reaching triple-digit speeds, died Tuesday at local hospital.

John Aaron Hayden, of Ft. Riley, died from what Topeka Police believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police claim that all of their ammunition has been accounted for and that none of their officers fired while in pursuit or during the subsequent stand-off.

The chase began around 1:30 p.m. last Friday after Hayden allegedly robbed a UMB Bank, 5923 SW 29th at gunpoint and took off in a black Ford Mustang.

An officer spotted a vehicle matching that description and followed the car onto Interstate 70 westbound, according to police reports. Calling for back-up the officer attempted to stop the suspect once they arrived.

Refusing to stop the Hayden took off, reaching speeds of 115 mph with Topeka police officers in full pursuit. After the Mustang crossed into the eastbound lanes, still heading west, Kansas Highway Patrol officers deployed stopsticks.

Hayden dove back into the westbound lanes, where, according to police, he crashed and began running toward a wooded line firing at officers as he fled.

Police found the man hiding underneath a vehicle and after trying to make contact fired tear gas and descended on the vehicle. As they approached, an officer noticed the man was injured, with what was later determined to be a gunshot to the head.


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