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Police chase from Mass. to NH ends in crash, suspect dead

An hour-long police chase that began in Massachusetts ended in a crash in New Hampshire with the suspect dead. (WBTS)

An hour-long police chase that began in Massachusetts ended in a crash in New Hampshire with the suspect dead.

Authorities said police in Malden, Massachusetts, initiated the pursuit Thursday night after they recognized the suspect as being wanted in Maine in connection with sexual assault, firearms and stolen motor vehicle charges.

Massachusetts State Police said the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Michael Brown, of Presque Isle, Maine, fired shots at troopers.

The pursuit ended just across the border in Newton, New Hampshire, where the suspect crashed into a tree. Authorities said troopers then opened fire. The suspect suffered a gunshot wound, but it was not immediately clear if he was hit by troopers or if it was self-inflicted.

New Hampshire authorities said a handgun was recovered from the suspect's vehicle.

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