Robbery Suspect Shot Dead After Police Chase

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A two-state chase ended early Monday with
a suspect in a fast-food restaurant robbery being fatally shot after stealing a police car, Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White said.

The man drove the police car into the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Ind., then was shot after brandishing a gun and refusing orders to drop it, White said.

"It appears that everything went by our policies, but there are a lot of questions," White told The Courier-Journal of Louisville.

The incident began about 12:30 a.m. EST when a Wendy's restaurant was robbed, White said.

After a short chase by police, two men got out of a car. One surrendered, but the other ran and got into a marked police car whose driver had gotten out to help with the arrests, White said.

The suspect drove off, prompting a long chase that ended in Indiana when the suspect drove the vehicle into the river, White said. The suspect brandished a handgun when getting out of the car, and refused to drop the weapon when officers ordered him to do so, he said.

Officers fired several shots, striking the suspect, then went into the river to pull the man out, White said. The suspect was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The chief said it was still being investigated whether the suspect fired his gun.

Several officers will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the public integrity unit.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

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