TITUSVILLE (FOX 13) - In the moments leading up to his death, Brett Lee Curtis called 911 several times – warning that if an officer didn't "get off his back," people would get hurt.
The only one who ended up hurt was Curtis himself.
It was the heroic actions of that Daytona-area officer that ensured Curtis' ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Rae Hamilton, would return home safely, the sheriff's office said.
The same could not be said for Curtis, who in the early morning hours eventually turned the gun on himself along I-95 near Titusville.
That was after calling 911 several times as the officer chased him.
"I am a man from Lakeland, and I have kidnapped my ex-fiancé," Curtis said in one 911 recording, which was released by the sheriff's office. "If this officer continues to follow me, I will kill him."
"That is your final warning," he continued.
Several gunshots can be heard over the calls. As the officer refused to back down, Curtis gets angry.
"I have enough ammunition to kill her and myself. Don't f------ play with me," he said. "Get them off my back now."
At one point, Curtis forced Hamilton to call.
"They keep following him, and he's threatening to kill me," a frantic Hamilton told the 911 operator.
Hamilton said Curtis had two guns and was "taking her home," but authorities say during the chase, Hamilton was able to escape from the car.
A few miles later, near mile marker 225 in Brevard County, police say Curtis killed himself.
Authorities say he abducted Hamilton from Lakeland Square Mall, where the 26-year-old works. Her mother reported her missing.
The officer spotted the Nissan Altima they were in Tuesday morning from a statewide "be on the lookout" alert. Their vehicle had been captured on surveillance video at the mall.
"The officer without a doubt clearly, probably saved this person's life," Lt. Mike Scully said. "They were very heroic actions on that officer's part, and certainly should be commended for their actions."
He has not been identified.