HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A man is dead after leading law enforcement on a 34-mile chase across county borders. The unidentified man who was shot and killed by law enforcement was the driver of stolen red Ford Mustang. Investigators believe it was taken at a gas station in Falkville.
“That vehicle got on the interstate and came north on 65, a local police officer saw that vehicle and attempted to stop the stolen vehicle. That vehicle refused to stop and at that point that officer gave pursuit," says Trooper Curtis Summerville, a spokesman for ALEA.
Summerville says the suspect lead law enforcement on a 34-mile chase up I-65, then onto I-565 and coming to an end on Bob Wallace Avenue when he crashed into several cars. One of those crashes forced the Mustang to stop, allowing law enforcement to catch up.
"After the police officer was able to make contact with the driver of that vehicle, as a result of that meeting, shots were fired, and as a result of those shots being fired, we do have one fatality in this incident," said Trooper Summerville.
The driver of the stolen vehicle was rushed to the hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
Trooper Summerville wouldn't say which department the officer who opened fire is associated with but says he is doing fine.
There`s no word yet on the condition of the individuals in the other vehicles.
The State Bureau of Investigation will handle the shooting portion of this investigation but it will be ultimately up to the Morgan County District Attorney to review the evidence and circumstance around the shooting.
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