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Wild pursuit takes police through 3 counties and 1 shootout

On Saturday, October 15th Barton County deputies received information of a hit and run that occurred in rural Vernon County with the vehicle heading southbound toward Barton County.

A Deputy located the suspect vehicle in Lamar and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then fled from the Deputy through Lamar, eventually making its way to I49 and headed north toward Vernon County.

A short time later the suspect turned off the roadway near Milo, Missouri in Vernon county where the suspect’s vehicle broke down. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fired several shots at the Deputy striking the patrol car but not harming the Officer. The suspect ran from the scene on foot.

Vernon County then received a call that a car was just stolen in Milo. Deputies with Vernon County located the vehicle and initiated another pursuit. Vernon County, Barton County, MSHP and Nevada Police assisted in pursuing the vehicle. The vehicle became disabled in a field in rural Vernon County and an unsuccessful search for the suspect was conducted.

As Deputies and Officers were about to clear the scene Vernon County received another call that a farmer’s vehicle was stolen and was being followed. Yet another pursuit was initiated by Vernon County. During this third pursuit Vernon County Deputies were forced to fire at the suspect’s vehicle.

The pursuit continued in to Cedar County where the vehicle crashed and the driver fled, once again, on foot. MSHP Helicopter, which was also in pursuit, was able to lead Deputies and Officers to the suspect and take him in to custody without incident. The name of the suspect has not be released and won’t be until formal charges are filed.

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