Police fatally shoot armed man following 2-state car chase

October 19, 2017

KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say they have shot and killed a hit-and-run suspect who led officers on a two-state chase and was shooting at them as he ran to elude capture.

Kings Mountain Police Chief Jerry Tessneer told a news conference that the chase began around 8 a.m. Thursday with a hit-and-run accident in Gastonia. The man drove off and led police on a chase into York County in South Carolina, and then back into North Carolina.

The chase ended around 9 a.m. in Kings Mountain. Tessneer said the man got out of his car, ran up a hill toward a church and was firing at officers over his shoulder. Tessneer said the officers fired back, then tried to revive the man before he was pronounced dead at the scene.

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