Man kills himself while being chased by Manatee deputies in Bradenton

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 29, 2014 

MANATEE -- A 22-year-old man turned a gun on himself late Monday while being pursued by sheriff's deputies for blocks through a quiet Bradenton neighborhood, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the 4800 block of 18th Street West regarding a vehicle burglary about 10:10 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. Arriving deputies reportedly saw two people in a car with prescription pills and marijuana.

A woman got out first before a man, later identified as Elias Guadarrama.

Guadarrama ran, ignoring commands to stop, the sheriff's office reported. A gunshot was heard and deputies continued pursuit.

Guadarrama reportedly fired two more shots at deputies in the 4800 block of 19th Street West.

The neighborhood was soon flooded with deputies search

ing for the suspect. Neighbors came out of their homes to discover roads being taped off. Deputies ordered everyone to stay inside.

During the chase, a resident in the 5000 block of 20th Street West told the sheriff's office someone was banging on his door and yelling. Another neighbor reported the suspect entering their outdoor laundry room. Emma Jean Hammons was settled in for the night, all set to watch the evening news in her home in the 1900 block of 51st Avenue West, when she heard the commotion.

"I heard the deputies come down the road, sirens screaming," Hammons said. "Next thing I know the street was covered with deputies."

Then Hammons said she heard a single shot. She and her husband looked out the window in their home and saw Guadarrama dead on the ground a few feet away in their next-door neighbor's yard.

"The deputy came over to the window and told us to get into the bedroom," Hammons said.

Guadarrama was reportedly ordered to show his hands by deputies but they say he shot himself in the head instead. Guadarrama was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dean Cummings, whose backyard is behind Hammons' home, was taking his dogs out in front of his home as the commotion was unfolding.

A deputy called over a loudspeaker: "Everybody get back inside, the dogs are on the loose." Cummings and his wife said they also heard the single gunshot.

The couple later watched as one deputy briefed the other on the pursuit. "It sounded to me like he was the one that was shot, unless we misunderstood," Cummings said.

"We have three deputies that saw it," Manatee County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dave Bristow said. "It's pretty clearcut what happened."

A search of Guadarrama's vehicle reportedly uncovered crack cocaine, prescription pills and marijuana. Deputies also reported finding a bag of crack cocaine in his pants pocket.

Guadarrama's arrest history includes several drug-related charges. His most recent arrest was Feb. 16, 2013, on a charge of violating probation, according to the sheriff's website.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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