Fox apologizes for airing footage of man shooting self in head

PHOENIX (AP) - A man apparently shot himself in the head on live television at the end of a high-speed chase that began in Phoenix.

Fox News was covering the chase that began at midday Friday using a live helicopter shot from its Phoenix affiliate when the man driving the small vehicle stopped, ran into the desert and appeared to place a handgun to his head and fire.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told viewers minutes later that the video was supposed to be on a delay. After a commercial break, Smith said "we really messed up, and we're all very sorry."

Before the network cut away, though, Smith could be heard repeatedly ordering Fox News staff to break away from the live picture from the Arizona desert. He clearly grew more agitated with each passing second after the shooting was aired live.

Phoenix police say the chase may have started with a carjacking. The man then drove west on Interstate 10 for dozens of miles before getting on the dirt road.