Police kill driver to stop two-hour semi truck pursuit

Ohio police say that they fatally shot a driver in order to put a stop to a two-county pursuit. The incident began around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, in Spencerville, Ohio when a Spencerville police officer attempted to pull over a semi truck because of a prior criminal complaint, according to the Toledo Blade.

The driver of the truck refused to stop and led police on a pursuit from Allen County into Van Wert County on U.S.

30. Police say that they made multiple attempts to end the pursuit without bloodshed, including negotiating with the driver over the phone, using stop sticks, and shooting out the truck’s tires.

However, none of these tactics brought the truck to a stop. Police said that the driver made “multiple and repeated threats to kill people” and swerved into oncoming traffic.  Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia stated in a press release that officers determined that the driver was an imminent threat to civilians and fired shots at the driver.

The driver was struck by gunfire and the semi truck came to a stop in the eastbound lanes of U.S.

30 just after 10 a.m. The driver was later pronounced dead at the scene. His identity has not been released but police say that he was a 46 year old Allen County resident.

Multiple agencies were involved in the pursuit including the Spencerville Police Department, the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office. The incident is under investigation by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, and the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification. You can see video of the police pursuit below.

Police kill driver to stop two-hour semi truck pursuit

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