Suspect dead after firing shot at police during pursuit

HERCULANEUM, Mo. (AP) — A suspect is dead after allegedly firing shots at officers during a pursuit along an interstate highway near St. Louis.

The pursuit began Friday afternoon in the Jefferson County town of Herculaneum when police tried to pull over an SUV. The man sped away, dragging an officer a short distance. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.

A chase began on Interstate 55 and later on Highway Z. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department says the man fired at pursing officers throughout the chase, and several police vehicles were struck. No officers were injured.

The chase ended at a home in Festus, where the suspect was found dead inside a garage. Police don’t yet know if he died from police fire or a self-inflicted wound.

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