Rapper wanted in NJ commits suicide in NY

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Police say an aspiring rapper who was wanted in a New Jersey stabbing killed himself in a taxi as suburban New York officers closed in on him.

Greenburgh police say the cab carrying Darnell Brittingham of Hackensack was pulled over by police Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old performed under the stage name "King Tut."

Police Lt. Chris McNerney says police ordered everyone out, but Brittingham refused. McNerney says that as police converged, Brittingham shot himself in the head.

Brittingham was accused of stabbing a woman seven times in a Hackensack apartment Feb. 12. The lieutenant said Wednesday that Brittingham had been under surveillance since Hackensack police learned he was at a Greenburgh motel.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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