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Pinellas deputies say suspect shot and killed himself during an arrest attempt

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the death of 18 year-old Ryan Rush.

According to investigators, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, deputies approached 18-year-old Ryan Rush’s vehicle while he was parked in an alley behind 1630 49th Street South.

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Deputies had developed probable cause for his arrest stemming from an incident that occurred on August 30, 2020.  In that incident, deputies were called to the area in the 4600 block of 40th Street North, where a female reported Rush pointed a firearm at her while she was walking her dog.  When deputies arrived to the scene for the August 30th incident they located Rush seated in the driver’s seat of a vehicle.  As deputies approached the vehicle, Rush fled.

Through various investigative techniques, deputies were able to locate Rush driving the same vehicle in the area of 17th Avenue South and 49th Street South.  A traffic stop was conducted and before deputies could make contact
with Rush, he shot himself.

Deputies on scene provided first aid until medics arrived. He was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

The investigation continues.


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