A US rape suspect posted a Facebook message saying he was about to get shot before killed by police.
"Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace," read the message from Eric Lee Ramsey, 30, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He posted the still-public message via a mobile device.
Ramsey's Facebook friends initially thought his post was a joke, only to realise the truth later. Their messages have not been published here in order to protect their privacy.
The authenticity of the suspect's Facebook page was verified by comparing his profile picture and other personal data with a police mug shot and information from local media.
His public photographs included an image, apparently posted as a joke, of three children and a dog seemingly locked in a dog cage with the caption "needs a home, dog is optional." Other images are more typical pictures of family and friends.
Ramsey, who had previous convictions for assault and destruction of police property, was being pursued by police for allegedly kidnapping and then raping a Central Michigan University student, according to the Morning Sun.
Ramsey approached the woman around 9.30pm on Wednesday on CMU's campus and forced her at gunpoint to drive his Ford Escape from campus, police alleged. The woman leapt from the vehicle after Ramsey allegedly threatened to kill her. She was able to call police at approximately 10.05pm, telling a dispatcher that she had been kidnapped and sexually abused, police alleged.
The suspect was shot while being pursued by a Crawford County Sheriff's deputy at approximately 4am local time, police say.
There is no official word on how the suspect managed to post the prescient message to Facebook in the midst of the police pursuit, during which police alleged he "rammed a sheriff's deputy's car head-on".
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