A series of chilling 911 calls were released Tuesday by Florida authorities revealing the tense moments a man threatened to kill his kidnapped ex-fiance unless police stopped pursuing his vehicle.
"Yeah, I'm being followed by the police with his lights on," the man, identified as Brett Lee Curtis, 28, said in the first call. "I am a gentleman from Lakeland. I have kidnapped my ex-fiance. If he continues to follow me, I will kill her. That is your final warning."
Listen to the 911 calls:
Police had started following Curtis around 3 a.m. Tuesday after a statewide BOLO (be on the look out) had been issued for a white Nissan Altima, according to WFTS-TV. His ex-fiance Elizabeth Rae Hamilton, 26, had been reported missing earlier and he was the prime suspect.
In follow-up calls, Curtis reiterated his point to authorities, saying he would hurt Hamilton if police did not stop following him.
"If the officer following me does not break off pursuit, then people will be hurt," he said in another call.
"I will fire a warning shot," he added. "The third shot will not be a warning."
At one point, Curtis put Hamilton on the phone and she warned them that "he's got a gun."
"I am being kidnapped and we are being followed and he is going to kill me," she said in the call.
Watch a local news clip, courtesy of WFTS-TV:
During the chase, Curtis fired his gun at authorities, but was eventually stopped by police with stop sticks which destroyed his car's tires and disabled the vehicle.
Hamilton was then able to escape the vehicle unharmed. Curtis ultimately turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
No officers were reported injured during the incident.
Hamilton's mother later released a statement thanking police.
"We would like to express our deep gratitude and sincere thanks for the efforts of all law enforcement and security agencies who aided in the process which culminated in our daughter's safe return," she said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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