Indiana woman fatally shot herself while sitting in police car

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A 32-year-old woman involved in a car crash in Indiana on Saturday morning fatally shot herself as she waited inside a police cruiser, authorities said.

Amanda Elbert, 32, was a passenger in a 2007 Chevrolet Impala that crashed into a utility pole in Grant County at about 8:15 a.m., according to a release from the Indiana State Police.

The driver of the car allegedly fled the scene on foot, police said.

As police were investigating, Elbert took up their offer to sit inside a police car in order to stay warm, the release said.

Once inside the vehicle, police say Elbert shot herself with a gun she had in her purse.

She was declared dead on scene.

Indiana State Police are investigating the woman’s death at the request of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, which responded to the crash, along with officers from the Gas City Police Department and the Upland Police Department.

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