PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Authorities believe a Wednesday morning bank robbery in Picayune led to the suspect taking his own life. Picayune Police identified the suspect as Jonathan Dozier, 41, whose driver's license listed a Biloxi address.
The Picayune Police Department received an alarm from First National Bank North branch off Cooper Road and Highway 43 North at 12:55pm.
Bank employees told police a white man entered the bank, handed the teller a note and told the teller he had a gun. The teller then gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money.
Authorities say he left and got into a car parked in front of the bank. Bank employees were able to give police a description of the suspect, vehicle, license plate number and direction of travel.
A short time after the description of the suspect and his vehicle was broadcast over police radio, a Pearl River County Sheriff's deputy spotted the red Pontiac Sunfire with Alabama plates on Bouie Road.
Chief Deputy Shane Tucker with the Pearl River County Sheriff's Department told WLOX News the deputy chased the vehicle until the suspect missed a turn and crashed into a ditch; the suspect then got out of the vehicle with a weapon and took his own life.
Authorities believe the man was Dozier because he matched the description of the suspect, was driving a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car and he had money in his possession.
Upon further investigation, authorities found the Alabama license plate on the car had been bolted over a Jackson County, Mississippi plate.