A police chase that went through five counties in Kentucky ended with two suspects dead in an officer-involved shooting in Oldham County.
According to Kentucky State Police, a 911 call started the chase in Gallatin County. A witness called 911 saying they thought a person was in distress. Kentucky State Police responded to that call, which involved the suspect’s car, and tried to pull the driver over to see if anyone needed help.
Police said that was when the driver fled, not stopping for police on Interstate 71 South. Kentucky State Police said they tried to use stop sticks to end the chase twice, but it didn’t work.
The chase went on for at least 40 miles, until Exit 14 in Oldham County. There, on the exit ramp, the suspect’s car crashed while trying to re-enter the interstate around 4 p.m. Monday.
Moments later, law enforcement officers opened fire, shooting a man and a woman who were in the car.
The man died at the scene. The woman was rushed to University Hospital in Louisville, where she later died. Police have not confirmed who was driving.
No police officers were hurt.
Kentucky State Police’s Critical Incident Response team is investigating the circumstances of the shooting. Troopers have not released what caused officers to open fire.
The suspects who died have not been identified.
Troopers from Post 5 in Campbellsburg were involved, as well as officers from Oldham County Police and the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office. None of those agencies have body cameras.
Kentucky State Police has not said which police agency opened fire. That officer or trooper will be identified later in the week.
The southbound Exit 14 on I-71 in Oldham County was shut down for several hours.