Trooper kills self after abuse complaint |

Trooper kills self after abuse complaint

WOODLAND PARK – Woodland Park police say an off-duty Colorado state trooper killed himself after leading officers on a short pursuit when they went to talk to him about a domestic violence complaint.

Authorities say 57-year-old John Hayward, a 10-year patrol veteran, died Wednesday.

Officers went to Hayward’s house after a woman with injuries to her face and neck walked into police headquarters to make a report.

The officers called Hayward and asked him to meet them outside because they knew he had weapons in the home.

Police say Hayward got into his car and drove about two miles before pulling into a parking lot and shooting himself.

The State Patrol expressed sympathy to Hayward’s family.

Woodland Park is 50 miles south of Denver and 15 miles northwest of Colorado Springs.

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