Fox News apologizes for airing live suicide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man apparently shot himself in the head on live television at the end of a high-speed chase that began in Phoenix.

Fox News was covering the chase that began at midday Friday using a live helicopter shot from its Phoenix affiliate when the man driving the small vehicle stopped, ran into the desert and appeared to place a handgun to his head and fire.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers minutes later that the video was supposed to be on a delay.

After a commercial break, Smith said "we really messed up, and we're all very sorry.

Phoenix police say the chase may have started with a carjacking. The man then drove west on Interstate 10 for dozens of miles before getting on the dirt road.


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