Suspect shot by police before leading chase through Clark Co., Louisville

Suspect shot by police before leading chase through Clark Co., Louisville
The chase ended on Sparsk Avenue in Jeffersonville. (Source: Miles Jackson/WAVE 3 News)
The chase ended on Sparsk Avenue in Jeffersonville. (Source: Miles Jackson/WAVE 3 News)

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A man shot by a Clark County officer fled the scene, leading numerous police agencies on a high speed chase.

The incident led officers through downtown Louisville and back across the river.

This all unfolded Thursday around 10 p.m., before the driver crashed and was taken into custody.

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The Clark County Sheriff's office is thankful no one was hurt. At the time of the pursuit, Abbey Road on the River, a concert at the KFC Yum! Center and a baseball game at Slugger were going on.

"We saw multiple officers going down the freeway just flying," witness Brittany Warren said.

It was a wild night for law enforcement agencies in Southern Indiana and Louisville. It all started at the Dollar General store in Sellersburg. Clark County Sheriff's Office Captain Scottie Maples said they got involved, after a concerned caller was worried a friend was in danger.

"The caller reported that the female was in the presence of a subject named Evan Payne," Maples said. "Mr. Payne had previously battered her a few weeks ago, and wanted her checked to make sure she was okay."

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The store was closed, but when officers arrived, they found the woman in a separate car in the parking lot. That's when police said they approached Evan Payne, 24, who resisted commands.

"Our officers then tased Mr. Payne," Maples said. "Mr. Payne was able to defeat the taser. Mr. Payne continued to resist."

Maples said that led to an officer pulling his gun, and shooting Payne in the arm. But the suspect didn't stop there; instead he took off. The high speed chase didn't go unnoticed. Video was captured from the ACC Tournament at Slugger Field, and another angle shows the pursuit going through downtown.

"We saw one actually make a u-turn and start going in the other direction," Warren said.

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Seven different police agencies were involved. The chase came to an end at least 30 minutes later, after officers say Payne crashed outside of Clark Memorial Hospital.

Payne was wanted on two active warrants out of Clark County. One was for battery of the woman.

"He also had a warrant for drug methamphetamine possession out of circuit two court, and another warrant out of Floyd County Sheriff's Office," Maples said.

Payne remains in the hospital in custody with an officer by his side. The officer that fired the shot was treated for minor injuries, and is currently on administrative leave. This kind of leave is standard procedure.

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