(WVUE) - Authorities said the man who drove through the Causeway toll area without paying and then shot himself has a history with law enforcement.
The man, identified as 29-year-old Rothschild Woods of Baton Rouge, drove rental his vehicle, a black 2016 Jeep Compass, past the toll gates around 9:30 a.m. The attendant immediately called police, who began chasing the driver.
Police said Woods began to drive erratically until he hit a rail and the vehicle came to a stop. His windshield was shattered.
Officers discovered he had shot himself. He was taken to University Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
Because a weapon was discharged, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office took over the investigation. Detectives discovered that Woods had apparently fired several gunshots inside of the vehicle before turning the gun on himself. It is unknown if Woods was firing at the responding officers.
No Causeway police officers discharged their weapon during the incident, and Woods' motive is still under investigation.
St. Tammany detectives are working closely with other law enforcement agencies to gather as much information as possible in an attempt to piece together Woods' movements and actions prior to the shooting incident.
Woods does not have any previous involvement with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office, but does have a history with other law enforcement agencies, according to the Sheriff's Office. They did not give specifics.
The bridge, which was closed southbound, reopened shortly after noon.