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Suspect Killed, 3 Officers Injured In White, Dekalb Co. Police Chase

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Posted at 6:13 PM, Apr 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 00:22:48-04

A high-speed police chase led to an officer-involved shooting in which the suspect was killed and three officers were injured in White County.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the incident began around 4:30 a.m. with an attempted traffic stop in Dekalb County.

Deputies attempted to stop a pickup truck hauling a trailer. The driver of the vehicle refused to stop, and the pursuit continued on into White County.

Deputies with the White County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Sparta police department continued north on Highway 111, following the vehicle. The driver of the truck crashed into several of the law enforcement vehicles, hitting them on the side, and from behind.

At some point, the tires of the trailer appeared to have flattened, dumping some of the items from the trailer into the median. As the driver continued down the road, a deputy with the White County sheriff's Office, and an officer with the Sparta Police Department, fired shots toward the truck.

The truck, still hauling the trailer, veered off the highway, went down an embankment, and lodged in the tree line.

The driver of the vehicle, who has not yet been identified was killed in the incident. He has not yet been positively identified.

A Sparta officer, and two White County Deputies were injured in the crashes and were taken to the hospital.

The names of the officers were not released. The investigation was ongoing.