New details released about suicide on I-35 in Temple after chase

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Published: May. 1, 2017 at 10:36 PM CDT
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A man who shot himself to death Monday night in a construction zone on Interstate 35 in Temple after leading officers on a high-speed chase was the husband of the woman he’s suspected of killing in Fort Worth, investigators said Thursday.

David Bailey, 45, was wanted in the shooting death of Leslie Bailey, 43, who was gunned down Monday in the parking lot of Ridgmar Mall in Fort Worth.

The two were divorcing and Leslie Bailey had a protective order against her husband, investigators said.

Temple police were notified at around 9:30 p.m. Monday that Salado officers, Bell County deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers were pursuing a vehicle that matched one linked to a murder in Fort Worth.

The driver was headed north just past the Loop 363 exit when he was slowed by construction traffic.

“At that time the driver shot himself,” Temple police spokeswoman Shawna Neely said in a brief press release.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at around 11:40 p.m. Monday.

Leslie Bailey was shot several times while sitting in her vehicle in the mall’s parking lot, Fort Worth police spokesman Brad Perez said.

She died Monday evening at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Officers were dispatched about 5:40 p.m. to the mall on Green Oaks Road, after a 911 caller reported gunfire, Perez said.

Perez said glass was broken out of windows on the vehicle’s passenger side.

No one else was injured in the shooting.