LAKELAND - The 911 calls are chilling. "I am the gentleman from Lakeland. I have kidnapped my ex-fiancee. If you continue to follow me, I will kill her."
That call, according to police, came from Brett Curtis.
It came they say as they were chasing Curtis down I-95, after he had allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend, 26-year-old Elizabeth Hamilton.
Investigators say it all started on Monday when Elizabeth was abducted while leaving work at the Lakeland Square Mall.
Her mother became suspicious when she didn't come home, so she went to the mall, where she found Elizabeth's purse by an employee exit. Her mother then called police.
"If the officer following me does not break off pursuit,then people will be hurt," Curtis said on the 911 call.
South Daytona police spotted Curtis' vehicle at 3:30 a.m. and began their pursuit.
At times, the calls from Curtis became very heated, as he continued to threaten the life of Hamilton.
"You're risking this woman's life. We're heading south on I-95. You've got three officers ganging up on me right now, and I have enough ammunition to kill her and myself. Don't (expletive) play with me. Get em' off my (expletive) now!"
At one point, you can hear a noise that sounded like three shots were fired.
On a fourth 911 call, the voice of a terrified Elizabeth Hamilton can be heard saying, "I am being kidnapped and we are being followed. And he's gonna maybe kill me if they keep following him."
But that did not happen.
Police deployed stop sticks, shredding Curtis' car tires. Investigators say Elizabeth then jumped out, and Brett Curtis turned the gun on himself.
The chase that started at 3:03 a.m., ended at the 225 mile marker of I-95 in Brevard County.
Brett Curtis was pronounced dead at 3:56 a.m.--- less than an hour from when it started.
Elizabeth's father, Joe Hamilton, said he's relieved that she's going to be brought back safe.
"If we hadn't prayed much recently. We certainly did last night," he said.
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