One person is behind bars and another dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a traffic stop in Jefferson County early Friday.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Joe Fetty said that around 2 a.m., troopers attempted to stop a Dodge Ram pick-up truck for a marked lanes violation on State Route 213. The vehicle failed to stop and a pursuit ensued.
The driver, Michael R. Boone, 32, of Steubenville, led troopers on a chase for around twenty minutes, with speeds reaching 60 mph.
Police said Boone came to a stop at his residence at 78 Randolph Lane, before his passenger, Michael G. Maurer, 32, of Richmond and he fled on foot.
Maurer was caught by troopers a short distance away and was found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol. He was taken into custody without further incident and incarcerated at the Jefferson County Jail.
Boone fled into his residence while troopers attempted to apprehend him. Once inside the residence, troopers lost sight of Boone and heard what appeared to be a single gunshot.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Special Response Team responded to assist. A robot was deployed into the residence and the suspect was found to be deceased.
The incident remains under investigation by the Patrol, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.