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Passenger Yelling for Help Fatally Shoots Suspect During Fairfield Police Pursuit

FAIRFIELD -- A suspect died Thursday after he was shot by his passenger during a police pursuit in Fairfield.

The Fairfield Police Department reports around 2:30 p.m. officers spotted a woman yelling for help from a passing car.

"She was being assaulted and held against her will," said Fairfield Police Lt. Greg Hurlbut. "[The officer] tried to stop that vehicle at the traffic stop and the driver took off driving down this road."

That's when the suspect sped away then crashed into at least two other cars near the intersection of Dover Avenue and East Travis Boulevard.

"They came up, contacted the driver. They quickly realized that there was a medical emergency and it actually appeared the driver had received a gunshot wound," Hurlbut said.

Police say the suspect was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

It's believed a gun found in the car was used by the woman to shoot the suspect during the pursuit.

"The two lived together and are in a relationship together," Hurlbut said. "There was a 10-month-old child in the vehicle. I understand that the child, I believe, was her's."

The child and the woman were not injured, according to the police department.

Police are calling this a domestic violence incident and say the suspect and the woman lived together. Their names have not been released.

Investigators are still determining if the woman will face charges.

Stay with FOX40 for more updates on this developing investigation.