Lakeland abduction ends with police chase, suicide in Brevard
5:40 AM, Oct 29, 2013
3:00 PM, Oct 29, 2013
DAYTONA, Fla. -
A woman abducted from Lakeland Square Mall on Monday is safe after her ex-boyfriend fatally shot himself early Tuesday morning in Brevard County after a police chase.
Police found the man, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after they used stop sticks to disable the car.
It started in Lakeland when Elizabeth Rae Hamilton, 26, was reported missing from her job at the mall. Her mother, Robin Hamilton, called police, and her ex-boyfriend, Brett Lee Curtis, was the prime suspect, according to Lakeland Police.
A statewide BOLO (be on look out) for a white Nissan Altima was released, and South Daytona police attempted a traffic stop around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday near the 700 block of Beville Rd. Curtis, 28, took off and eventually ended up southbound on Interstate 95.
Volusia County Sheriff's spokesperson Gary Davidson said Curtis called 9-1-1 twice around 3:07, and said he was willing to kill the female in the car if authorities did not back off. Around the same time, the suspect fired shots out of the vehicle at law enforcement officers. Authorities did not return fire.