(Newsroom America) -- Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has apologized after his show broadcast a man committing suicide live on television following a car chase in Arizona, despite the live feed being on a five second delay.
The channel had been following the car chase along I-10 near Phoenix via helicopter coverage, when the man, who allegedly shot at police from the stolen SUV, pulled off the main road.
Live footage showed the man getting out of the SUV, appearing confused and stumbling as he ran away from the vehicle.
He then produced a handgun from his clothes and appeared to shoot himself in the head before falling to the ground, while the footage continued rolling on Fox News.
The channel then cut back to anchor Shepard Smith who was yelling "Get off it, get off it" before the channel cut to a commercial break.
When Smith returned he apologized for airing the footage live, admitting that the feed was on delay but staff failed to cut it off in time.
"We created a five-second delay so that we would see in the studio what was happening five (seconds) before you did, so if anything went horribly wrong we were able to cut away from it," he said.
"We really messed up, and we're all very sorry. That didn't belong on television ... I personally apologize to you that that happened.
"It's not time appropriate, it's not sensitive: it's just wrong ... That won't happen again on my watch, and I'm terribly sorry," Smith said.