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Corydon man flees police, survives suicide attempt

A Corydon man who led police on a chase last week was critically wounded when he shot himself in the head after his vehicle became disabled.
Police had received a phone call about 1:15 p.m. on July 4 reporting a suicidal male at a residence off Cruse Loop in Corydon. As police started there, they received another phone call from a woman who lives off Rocky Meadow Road south of New Salisbury that her ex-husband was there with a gun, according to Lt. Chris Walden of the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept.
The man was identified as Todd Mertz, 43. The woman was able to get the gun away from him, but Mertz left before police arrived.
Police searched for Mertz, who was driving a red Toyota pickup, and found him traveling south on S.R. 135 near Trestle Road, Walden said. Mertz refused to stop for police.
As Mertz approached Corydon, ‘stop sticks’ were deployed to deflate the truck’s tires. Mertz stopped the disabled vehicle along S.R. 135 near Quarry Road, according to Walden. He then grabbed a long rifle, which police several times ordered him to put down.
Mertz shot himself in the head just before 2 p.m., Walden said.
Mertz was transported by STATCARE air ambulance to University Hospital in Louisville, where he remains as a patient, police said. He was in serious but stable condition yesterday afternoon.
The incident is still under investigation, Walden said.