Carson City deputies say the driver in a high-speed chase through three counties Saturday, may have died of a self-inflicted wound to the head. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

The driver has been tentatively identified as a 23-year old white man. Police say positive identification will come after the Medical Examiner's Office conclusions.  

At around 9:40 a.m. Saturday, deputies pulled the driver over for speeding on USA Parkway in Storey County. The driver handed the officer his identification and police say immediately after, it was suspected the driver had at least two outstanding warrants for his arrest in California and was described as "armed and dangerous."

According to police, the driver sped off in a rental SUV and was followed by the Storey County deputy and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The driver crossed into Lyon County, forcing Storey County deputies to end their pursuit. Lyon County deputies and NHP chased the suspect south to Highway 50 and then east through Dayton and into Mound House.

Police tell us the suspect entered into Carson City at a speed of up to 120 mph following an unsuccessful attempt to stop the car with spike strips at the Carson/Lyon County lines, and despite a single shotgun round fired at the car by a Carson City deputy.

A quarter mile into the state capital, police say the suspects vehicle hit a concrete highway divider, crossed into on-coming traffic and stopped on the east side of the highway. Deputies reached the vehicle and found the suspect dead in the car. There are no other injuries. 

The Washoe County Medical Examiner will determine the suspect's cause of death early next week though, evidence suggests the man may have died of a self-inflicted wound to the head. Officers recovered a semi-automatic pistol and an AR-15 style rifle from inside of the suspect's vehicle, and a 9mm bullet casing. Police do not believe the driver was injured as a result of the shot fired by a Carson deputy.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Investigation's Division is leading the investigation. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Washoe County Criminalists and the Nevada Highway Patrol Major Incident Reconstruction Team are assisting in the investigation. 

Over the course of the chase police say there was at least one minor crash in Lyon County and another minor crash involving a Carson City Ambulance. In both crashes there were no injuries reported.