(Neb)-Chase Ends With Crash And Suspect Fatally Shot By Deputy
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A police chase from Rapid City to near New Underwood around noon on Friday ended when the fleeing vehicle crashed into a ditch and the suspect was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy after getting out of the vehicle with a rifle.
Names are not being released at this time and the case has been turned over to the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation. Typically, the state attorney general issues a shooting report around 30 days after the event.
Pennington County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Willy Whelchel says the fleeing vehicle went into the ditch after deputies performed a TVI - "tactical vehicle intervention" - tapping the vehicle with their cruisers to cause the driver to lose control.
Whelchel says the chase started as a traffic stop by Rapid City police in the Rapid Valley area, then headed to Box Elder with the suspect reportedly firing at officers several time. Schools in the Douglas district were locked down as a precaution when the chase went onto Interstate 90.
The pursuit continued east for some time; with police setting up several road blocks in attempts to stop the suspect before the TVI sent him into a ditch. Whelchel says no one else was injured in the chase or shootings.
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