Man kills self after pursuit ends in crash

COUNTY — A man wanted on armed robbery charges in Greenville County shot and killed himself Tuesday after a police chase that ended in a crash near Liberty.
According to detective Adam Gilstrap of the Liberty Police Department, LPD officers were notified by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office that Anderson County deputies were in pursuit of an armed suspect driving a black Saturn on U.S. 178 heading toward Liberty.
Gilstrap said Liberty officers spotted the vehicle entering the city and initiated pursuit, heading west on Highway 178. The pursuit continued out of the city limits, where the vehicle was eventually involved in a collision with a maroon Cadillac at the intersection of Belle Shoals Road and Terrapin Crossing Road.
Officers approached the vehicle and found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Gilstrap said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Pickens and Anderson County Sheriffs’ Offices and the South Carolina Highway Patrol were involved.
Pickens County Assistant Sheriff Tim Morgan said the suspect was transported to Cannon Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
According to reports, the suspect, Albert Couch, Jr., was a suspect in the armed robbery of a Greenville County CVS store on May 15.