Car chase in AZ desert goes horribly wrong & Update

An unidentified man being chased by police along Interstate 10 ditched his car after turning onto a dirt road near Tonopah, AZ. After running erratically through the desert, he eventually raised a gun to his head and shot himself.  Fox News’ Shepard Smith apologizes for the video — although the network cut away from the suicide since the helicopter recording it was on a 5-second tape delay. The live helicopter video was taken by Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV Channel 10.


The dead man has since been identified as 33-year-old Jodan Romero, who had a felony warrant for a parole violation on a weapons charge.  Phoenix Police said Romero  had “a criminal record involving numerous violent crimes.” it is now known he shot at both police and the helicopter during the 90-minute high speed police pursuit.

9 Responses to Car chase in AZ desert goes horribly wrong & Update

  1. Orion says:

    What’s the deal with filming car chases? I never watch them. I didn’t even watch OJ in the white van cruising along the LA freeway after he killed his wife and her friend.

  2. greenvalleygal says:

    His family is weeping tonight for his selfish act. YES, selfish! He stole someone’s car and drove us into depravity. Life abuse. Can’t ask questions or get answers.

    • Ajo Joe says:

      My condolences, GVG. I sincerely hope you are not related to this desperate man. You sound as though you are in pain.

    • Larry P says:

      Of course I’m Not sure of the exact details in this case. That being said, I urge you and others not to judge those who take this ultimate and desperate act. As one who has suffered the loss of a family member through suicide, I understand the pain and hopelessness felt by suicidal individuals. It is seen as the only solution. Those left behind must deal with guilt and anger. @Orion – Television of course is run by mega corporations in the business of ratings and money, morality be dammed.

      • LD 7 PC says:

        Suicide leaves family and friends confused, angry and never quite able to come to grips with being left in such a manner. Most events in life are “fixable” on some level. This act of desperation puts everyone associated in a miserable place, full of questions and few answers.
        Sorry for your loss, Larry.

  3. Doc says:

    Suicide is now the #1 injury related cause of death in the U.S….is there a correlation between that & the direction America has taken in the last few years?

    • Ajo Joe says:

      I remember reading several years ago that many who commit suicide don’t actually comprehend the finality of the act or the heartache it causes. They grow up seeing movies and TV shows where someone dies and then they turn up later in the next program or movie. Reality has taken an odd turn for too many. Some use this awful acts as a way of “getting back” at others. Life is not playacting.

      The bizarre thinking is akin in many ways to the way crime has skyrocketed in America. During the depth of the Depression in the 1930’s, people worked together and shared what little they had. Theft was rare. Today you can’t leave your car or home unlocked for obvious reasons. When I was growing up in Phoenix no one locked their doors.

      The world has changed, but not for the better in far too many ways.

  4. Hagar says:

    Isn’t this exactly what the news outlets want and the NASCAR crowd watches for?

  5. Irving Rheingold says:

    “Fair and Balanced”