DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Authorities in Bucks County, Pa. say the man who fired several shots at police during a chase early this morning and then took his own life had vowed he wouldn’t let police take him back to prison.

Bucks County district attorney David Heckler says Richard Cantando confided to his minister on Monday that he was in trouble, that his probation was going to be violated, and that he wasn’t going to let himself go back to prison.

He said he had a gun and was planning to take his own life.

Police encountered the 27-year-old Blooming Glen man early Tuesday, and a chase ensued on Route 309 near Quakertown.  Cantando fired several shots at police, hitting a squad car, before shooting himself in the head (see related story).

Heckler says Cantando had a record in Bucks County for loitering and prowling, and in Montgomery County for simple assault.  He was sentenced to probation in each case.

Reported by Brad Segall, KYW Newsradio 1060


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