Chase in Pittsburg, Kan. ends with suspect fatally shot

Published: Nov. 29, 2019 at 1:41 PM CST
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Authorities release the name of the suspect fatally shot in an officer involved shooting in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) and the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Division of Drug and Crime Control are investigating.

The shooting happened around midnight last night. Investigators say, according to preliminary information, an officer from the Pittsburg Police Department tried to make a traffic stop near Quincy St. and Broadway St. in Pittsburg on a 2007 Toyota Camry.

The officer initiated the car stop because the tag came back registered to a different vehicle. When the vehicle's driver failed to stop, a police pursuit ensued, according to the KBI.

The fleeing vehicle became disabled near the intersection of E. 540th Ave. and S. 270th St., along the Kansas and Missouri state line. The driver then got out of his vehicle carrying a shotgun and ran east into a field, according to a release from the KBI. The officer pursued the suspect on foot into Barton County, Mo. where a shooting happened and the suspect was struck.

The suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Jeremy Pelican of Pittsburg, was transported to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg where he died of his injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.

The MSHP will lead the officer involved shooting investigation as the shooting occurred in their jurisdiction. The investigation is ongoing. No further information will be released at this time.

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