Pursuicide In Vestal

By Erik Burling

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 19, 2008 at 5:36 PM EST

State Police are calling it a pursuicide.

A high speed chase that ended with a man killing himself late Tuesday night.

The car reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour before pulling into a Vestal neighborhood.

That's where the chase came to a tragic end.

It's a lot of commotion for a quiet neighborhood.

38 year-old Thomas Leskonovich led police on a high speed chase to his home, here on Radcliff Boulevard.

"About a dozen cop cars with lights going on. And I was like what the heck is going on here," says Jim Skojec of Vestal.

"He ended up going into his driveway, jumped out of his car, went into a back door of the house. The officers followed behind. They were confronted by the gentlemen coming into a room. They backed away, the gentlemen then took the gun and shot himself," says Broome County Sheriff David Harder.

It was a State Trooper first, and then Broome County Sheriff's Deputy who chased Leskonovich into his home.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder says the men followed proper procedure, and were fortunate no one else was hurt.

"I think they did a good job all the way around. Of course luck was with them. That the guy didn't pull the trigger immediately," says Harder.

Neighbors who knew Lesknonovich don't feel so lucky.

"I can't even imagine why because Tom's a nice young fellow. He's very helpful, he comes and does my lawn and picks things up, and brings my garbage can up for me. And calls to check on me," says Bertha Colavito of Vestal.

Besides a few traffic violations, Leskonovich hadn't been in trouble with the law before.

Leaving people wondering what might have led to the suicide.

"He hasn't been working for at least a couple years. He has a sore shoulder, and it was very upsetting to him," says Colavito.

The Sheriff's Department says Leskonovich may have been driving home after drinking, but will wait for the autopsy report.

The Broome County Sheriff's Office says Leskonovich's mother, and sister were in the home at the time.

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