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Cornered Hurst man fatally shoots himself during standoff with police

A man accused of trying to rob a pharmacy shot himself in the head Tuesday morning after officers cornered him in an apartment complex parking lot, police said.

James Page, 47, was pronounced dead at 5:30 p.m. at John Peter Smith Hospital, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Web site.

The holdup attempt happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. at the CVS Pharmacy in the 200 block of East Pipeline Road in Bedford.

Witnesses told police that a man walked up to the pharmacy counter and handed a clerk a note demanding drugs.

“The note was threatening,” Bedford police Lt. Kirk Roberts said Tuesday. “But he never displayed any weapon.”

The man left the store when the clerk told him that the pharmacy didn’t have the drugs, police said.

He got into a car and drove away, but he was followed by police, authorities said.

After a brief pursuit, the man drove to the Sequoia Bend Apartments in the 600 block of Brown Trail in Hurst, police said.

The man shot himself with a handgun after sitting in the car for a few seconds, police said. According to the medical examiner, Page lived in an apartment at that address.