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Fox News was forced to apologize after airing an Arizona carjacking chase that ended with the suspect’s suicide Friday afternoon. Authorities have not released the man’s name yet. The Associated Press reports that Fox News began broadcasting Phoenix affiliate KSAZ-TV’s helicopter feed, which was following the sedan. The man was driving towards the California border, when he stopped and began running into the desert. He then pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head. Phoenix Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said that the suspect was shooting at police cars at the start of the chase, reports ABC News. Police have yet to release his name, only confirming that he was an adult male. They also confirmed that he was the only person in the car. Fox News aired the incident, not cutting away until after the man fired his gun. They scrambled to go to commercial, as anchor Shepard Smith yelled, “Get off, get off, get off, get off!” When they returned, Smith explained that their 10-second delay was supposed to help them not air an incident like that. “We really messed up, and we're all very sorry,” he told viewers. Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news editorial, explained, “We took every precaution to avoid any such live incident by putting the helicopter pictures on a five second delay. Unfortunately, this mistake was the result of a severe human error and we apologize for what viewers ultimately saw on the screen.” You can see the video here. Here is Smith’s apology: