UPDATE: Name released in death of man following chase
Wanted man takes own life following pursuit
A Monett man died Wednesday morning after a Tuesday night pursuit in Barry County ended with the man taking his own life.
Det. Leonard Collins, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, identified the man as Brian Wimberley, 40, of Monett, and said the family had been notified of his death.
Issues with Wimberley began in Monett at about 5:30 p.m., when a domestic disturbance call was made for a man following a woman walking down the street after the two had been arguing off and on all day. When approached by Monett police, Wimberley allegedly fled on foot, and a "be on the lookout" alert was issued for him, as he allegedly had a felony warrant and was considered armed and dangerous.
Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr said later that night, Officer Jon Cherney was at the Walmart in Cassville following up on another case when he was told a couple who just left the store had shoplifted. Kammerlohr said Cherney followed the pair's vehicle and caught up to them as they headed north on Highway 37 and turned west onto a farm road.
Kammerlohr said Cherney activated his lights, but the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed, leading Cherney to stop the chase for safety reasons.
Gary Davis, Barry County sheriff, said at that time, he had two deputies en route, and they saw the vehicle and initiated a pursuit. Davis said the chase lasted about two minutes, and the vehicle turned on Farm Road 2165, then south onto 1086, a dirt road and possibly a private drive.
Davis said when Wimberley reached the end of the road, the deputies got out and began approaching the vehicle, but he turned a weapon on himself before they got up to the car.
Davis said Wimberley was still alive when he was airlifted to a Springfield hospital, but he died on Wednesday morning at 10:22 a.m. Davis said the woman in the vehicle was unharmed and released without charges.
"I'm sad it happened, and to that individual's family, I am very sorry," Davis said. "I am glad our law enforcement all made it home safe."
Collins said Wimberley was an organ donor, and the family will have his organs donated.
Davis said the Cassville, Exeter and Seligman police departments assisted in the incident.