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Published on June 20, 2024
Police Chase Ends in Death of Man on Interstate 55Source: Unsplash/Scott Rodgerson

A tragic turn of events unfolded in Hernando, Mississippi, when a police chase resulted in the death of a man, local law enforcement officials reported. The pursuit began shortly before 1 a.m. when a blue Ford F-150 was stopped by officers from the Hernando Police Department in the vicinity of Pleasant Hill Road on Interstate 55. As detailed by WREG, the vehicle initially pulled into a weigh station with a male and female inside.

Following a routine identification check of the passengers, the woman exited the truck, however, the situation escalated rapidly when the man requested to make a phone call and then hurriedly drove off, igniting a high-speed chase. The pursuit came to an abrupt stop on I-55, near Church Road, where officers struggled to communicate with the driver, "reports state."

Upon receiving no response from the driver, law enforcement officials broke a window to access the vehicle, a procedural detail confirmed by Action News 5. Inside, officers were confronted with the grim scene of an unconscious male with a handgun in his lap. "At that time, officers approached the vehicle and secured the driver and the handgun before requesting medical personnel to make the scene," the report from the police detailed.

The man was ultimately pronounced dead at the location by arriving medical staff, the body has been released to the DeSoto County Coroner, as per authorities. While the driver's identity has not been publicly disclosed, efforts are being made to notify the next of kin as stated by FOX13 Memphis. In the wake of the incident, no officers sustained injuries.

The involvement of multiple departments, including Southaven Police Department, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department, and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation indicates the gravity of the scenario. An investigation into the incident remains ongoing, with various agencies working to ascertain the full scope of events leading to the untimely death of the individual involved.