Man who took Nevada patrol cruiser was Fla. felon

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Updated: 1/30/2013 4:54 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- A 22-year-old carjacker who stole a Nevada state trooper's cruiser then fatally shot himself in the chest with the patrolman's shotgun was on probation in Florida for carrying a concealed weapon.

Investigators confirmed Wednesday that Devin Peterson of Jacksonville, Fla., appears to have died from a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound after carjacking a second vehicle and leading police on a chase Monday on Interstate 80 east of Reno.

Florida Department of Corrections records show he was convicted of the felony gun charge in April 2011 and was sentenced to three years' probation.

Peterson fled after he and three other Jacksonville residents were pulled over and state troopers searched their SUV for marijuana. Their bail at the Washoe County Jail is set at $150,000 each on drug and conspiracy charges.

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