Police Chase Spans Three Counties, Ends In Gunfire

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Some tense moments for police Saturday morning as a suspect leads them on a chase through three central Kentucky counties.

According to Kentucky State Police Trooper Chris Lanham, a Jessamine County Sheriff's Deputy spotted a "suspicious vehicle" near the intersection of Tates Creek Road and Armstrong Mill Road. When he approached the vehicle, the driver took off.

He reportedly headed south on US 27. Spikes strips and chase maneuvers by police were able to slow the suspect down but he didn't stop until a Wilmore police officer blocked the road with his cruiser. Once he was stopped, the suspect then began to open fire on police.

He managed to strike a Garrard County Sheriff's Deputy in the hand but thanks to his bullet-proof vest, he did not undergo more serious injuries. The officers had no chase but to fire back at the suspect. 24-year old James Adams Junior ultimately died on scene.

The officers involved in the gunfight included the Garrard County Sheriff's Deputy along with a Wilmore police officer and a Kentucky State Police trooper.

Adams body is in Frankfort for an autopsy and toxicology tests.

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