MATHISTON, Mississippi- A Lowndes County narcotics officer was shot following a high-speed chase Monday, and the suspect involved is dead, the CLARION LEDGER reports.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said the incident began around 10:07 a.m. Monday when a Mathiston police officer attempted to stop a white Hyundai SUV driven by Pryor Spencer Bailey IV, 45, of Starkville, for a traffic violation.
Bailey, who was by himself in the vehicle, fled, and deputies pursued leading to a high-speed chase involving four law enforcement agencies.
A preliminary investigation indicated stop sticks were deployed at 10:17 a.m. inside the city of Columbus, Strain said, but Bailey was able to avoid them and the chase continued.
Stop sticks were deployed again at 10:29 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 82 and Mississippi 50 and the vehicle was immobilized. At that point, Strain said, gunfire erupted.
Gunfire was exchanged, and Bailey was shot and died at the scene, Strain said.
The deputy, who was shot in the leg, suffered what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. His name is not being released, Strain said.
Bailey was shot and died at the scene. Details, including how many times Bailey was struck and who shot him, is pending autopsy results, Strain said.
Multiple weapons were recovered at the scene, including two handguns, the CLARION LEDGER report explained.
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