Saturday, September 29, 2012

Arizona man kills himself on live television after pursuit

(Reuters) - A suspected carjacker shot himself to death after a police chase in Arizona on Friday in a grim spectacle aired on live television - sparking a quick on-air apology and waves of outrage across social media.

The man was seen on the Fox News Channel stumbling from a dark red vehicle into the desert near Phoenix, stopping a short distance away and then apparently pulling the trigger of a gun pointed to the right side of his head. He then crumpled face-forward into the ground.

Anchor Shepard Smith shouted, "Get off it!" repeatedly, apparently asking his control room to cut away from the shot. The network quickly cut to a commercial and when Smith returned, he apologized for the incident.

"We really messed up and we're all very sorry," Smith told viewers. "That didn't belong on TV. We took every precaution we knew how to take to keep that from being on TV. And I personally apologize to you that happened."

Social media erupted quickly with reaction to the televised incident, much of it negative.

"Cannot believe FOX let a live suicide air over their network, my heart literally sank watching that.. #appalled," said a Twitter user who identified herself as Kelcey Brand. Read More