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Sheriff: 3 officers injured, dead man identified after I-75 chase

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CORDELE, GA (WALB) -

Authorities say the man who led police on a chase that ended near Exit 99 in Cordele was in a stolen car, and took his life with a stolen pistol.

He was identified as Joaquim Dinon Gerry, of Colorado Springs, CO.

Ashburn Police started pursuing the Acura on I-75 because it was traveling without a tag.

Crisp County Sheriff's officials joined in when the chase crossed into Crisp County, and the male passenger in the car was shooting at law enforcement.

The chase took officers and deputies into speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

Suddenly the car slowed and pulled off the side of the interstate. Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock was one of the officers approaching the car.

"The female exited the vehicle. It was obvious she had blood on her," said Hancock. "There were some animals in the car- dogs in the car that jumped out. It was a very chaotic, if I might say controlled chaos scene."

Inside the Acura, 34-year-old  Gerry had a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He died shortly after.

GBI agents later revealed he was wanted by Colorado authorities.

Officials said they found what they said was a significant amount of marijuana inside the car.

The driver was 29-year-old Danielle Ockstadt of Colorado Springs. She said Gerry took her against her will from Lake City, Florida Thursday morning.

Authorities said on Friday that the car they were in was stolen out of Colorado, and had guns in it when it was taken.

"They had a domestic dispute overnight, Wednesday night into Thursday morning, and he forced her to get into the car and come north with her," Hancock said.

While Ockstadt was being taken to a safe place, a state trooper's shotgun went off accidentally, hitting Ashburn Police Officer Ferron Yi, Turner County Sheriff's Office Deputy Scotty Ireland, and Ockstadt in the feet and ankles.

Ockstadt remains in the hospital, while both the officer and deputy were treated and released.

The name of the state trooper who shot the officers and the driver was not released.

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