Sheriff: Former reserve officer shoots self following carjacking, standoff

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BYNG, Okla. -- The manhunt for a former Oklahoma police officer is over after authorities say he killed himself during a pursuit Friday.

Johnnie Hawkins used to work for the Tupelo Police Department. He was under house arrest for several crimes including misusing a Tupelo patrol unit and stealing guns from the department.

Law enforcement had been looking for him for several days after he allegedly stole a gun from his sister's home in Ada and took off his GPS ankle tracking device. 

Authorities say a pursuit started after Hawkins stole a pickup from someone at gunpoint a Memorial Park Cemetery in Ada.

"The individual was able to give officers that arrived the information on the vehicle. We contacted OnStar," Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said.

 Law enforcement caught up with Hawkins at County Road 3570.

"I directed OnStar to shut the vehicle off and they did and at that point the officers that were directly behind the vehicle witnessed glass fly from the driver's side window," Christian said.

 The truck stopped and soon after officers found Hawkins dead.

"We certainly never want to see something like this occur, but all my officers are safe and I'm very happy for that," Christian said. "He's no longer a threat and I hate to say it that way, but that is the outcome."

 Hawkins body has been taken to the Medical Examiner's Office.

Byng Schools were placed on lockdown during the pursuit.

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