A Clinton man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a police pursuit near Damascus, Arkansas State Police confirmed Wednesday.


Police said Devin Pearson, 24, was pulled over in a traffic stop by Arkansas State Trooper Kip Stringer along State Highway 65 near Bee Branch.


Pearson did not comply with the trooper's request to exit the vehicle, and he fled in the pick-up truck he was driving, police said.


State police said Stringer was knocked to the ground as Pearson fled, but he was not injured.


Van Buren County sheriff's deputies and 20th Judicial District Drug Task Force officers pursued Pearson as he was driving south on Highway 65 toward Damascus, according to state police.


During the pursuit, Pearson reportedly fired a handgun at officers. At least one deputy returned gunfire and struck Pearson's truck, police said.


In a release Wednesday, Bill Sadler, Arkansas State Police spokesman, said witnesses reported that as officers pulled up alongside the truck, Pearson used the handgun to take his own life.


Pearson was taken to the Ozark Medical Center in Clinton where he was pronounced dead.


His body and evidence from the shooting scene have been submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis.


The investigation is being led by Arkansas State Police, and findings will be submitted to 20th Judicial District Attorney Cody Hiland for review.