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Posted on: February 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Motorist Fatally Shoots Himself after Man in Occupied Vehicle is Wounded on Route 283

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A Delaware man shot and killed himself Sunday evening inside a vehicle on a Manheim-area road.

Police believe the deceased man was involved in a shooting incident minutes earlier on Route 283 in East Hempfield Township.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a Lancaster woman called 911 and reported her husband was shot as he drove, with her as passenger, on Route 283 just east of the Salunga exit.

The victim, identified as 67-year-old Michael Lohr, was treated at a hospital and released later Sunday night.

The shooter, whose name is not yet being released, was reportedly driving west on Route 283, with a male passenger, when he reportedly fired out the driver's side window.

The round entered the Lohrs' vehicle. Mr. Lohr pulled over while experiencing pain. He and his wife realized he had been shot in the upper back.

After the shooting, another driver on Route 283 called 911 and provided information on a reckless driver. Manheim Borough police then followed that vehicle as it traveled north on Hossler Road at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle abruptly stopped at Hossler and Colebrook roads. The male passenger exited the vehicle and reported to police on scene the driver had a gun and was suicidal.

A single shot was then fired. Police found the driver had shot himself in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary information links the man who shot himself was the shooter in the previous incident on Route 283. A final determination will be made when the investigation is completed and reviewed by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.

Police learned the deceased male had been dealing with personal issues at the time of these events.

The male passenger was interviewed by police and released. At this point, he is not believed to have been involved in the shooting and is not charged.

Police, along with the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, believe this to be a contained incident and the public is not in danger.

East Hempfield Township police and Manheim Borough police are investigating the incidents in consultation with Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact East Hempfield police (717-898-3103) or Manheim police (717-665-2481).

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;;

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