Cops pull over robbery suspect, say he committed suicide in car

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By Kayla Vaughn

Lloyd Michael Dove, a Lancaster man wanted in several N.C. robberies, took his own life Monday night after being stopped by sheriff’s deputies in Union County, S.C., according to a sheriff’s office statement.
Dove, 56, was driving on S.C. 49 East in Union shortly before 8 p.m. Monday when deputies were notified that Dove and his vehicle were wanted for multiple armed robberies in Monroe, the statement said. Deputies attempted a traffic stop and Dove pulled over on the side of the road, but did not cooperate further.
The deputies called out orders over the loudspeaker on a patrol car, telling Dove to show his hands. When he did not comply, they repeated their orders for a few minutes before sending in a drone with video capability.
Through video from the drone, it was determined that Dove was severely injured from what looked like a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the sheriff’s office.
Once the weapon was secure, EMS removed Dove from the vehicle and he was airlifted to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.
Investigators with the Monroe Police Department and SLED began an investigation after Dove was flown to the hospital.
“No deputies ever discharged their service weapons or sustained injuries during the traffic stop,” Union County Sheriff David Taylor said. “SLED agents are continuing to work this case. All deputies followed sheriff’s office policy.”
According to the sheriff, Dove was a convicted felon and could not legally possess a firearm.
Bobby Manus with the Monroe Police Department said three of the armed robberies happened at the same Walgreens on Fincher Street in Monroe. The first was on June 25, the second on July 20 and the third six days later. The fourth robbery was at Faulkner’s Drugs Store on East Jefferson Street on Monday. Narcotics were stolen during each robbery, Manus said.
An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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