An armed, escaped inmate from Georgia earlier this week named as the prime suspect in the murder of a man from Florida, turned his gun on himself after officials approached him, police said Wednesday with Stephen Michael Smith who had served a ten-year prison robbery late Tuesday evening when he fled his labor detail at the Clayton Transactional Center in Clayton County. Department officials and the US Marshals Task Force then stopped the vehicle at an intersection to attempt an arrest.
"With the vehicle surrounded by law enforcement, Smith immediately put a gun to his head and committed suicide," the department said in a statement.
The Gulf County Sheriff's Office had identified Smith on Monday as a prime suspect for the death of 30-year-old Daniel Lee Upton of Lakeland, Fla.
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Upton was found dead Monday in a house in Port St. Joe at the Panhandle in Florida US Marshals Service offered a 10,000 US reward Dollars on his capture.
Louis Casiano of Fox News contributed to this report.