BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A suspect who led police on a pursuit that lasted at least two hours through several counties was shot and killed by Kentucky State Police troopers after the chase ended in Bardstown early Monday morning.
KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory said the suspect opened fire on officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department around 1:30 a.m. on Monday, off I-65 south near Jacob St.
The shooting started during an attempted traffic stop for expired tags, police said. LMPD officers determined the vehicle was stolen.
"He had fired shots at them, initially at their stop and struck through their vehicle, Gregory said. "It got pretty bad pretty fast."
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No officers were hit by the gunfire.
The chase ping-ponged for at least two hours from Jefferson, Bullitt, Nelson, Washington, and back into Nelson County. It finally ended near Springfield Road in Bardstown.
"Nelson County Sheriff's Office was able to spike strip the car and get it stopped just down the road here," Trooper Gregory said. "At that time the subject that was in the vehicle got out, exchanged gunfire with our troopers, then ran into the woods where they pursued him and exchanged gunfire again. He was hit at that time and was pronounced deceased at the scene."
The suspect was armed with a rifle and a handgun and fired both weapons at police, Gregory said.
The troopers were uninjured.
Gregory said four troopers were involved in the shooting. They are on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard operating procedure. Their names have not been released.
The suspect also has not been identified.
A silver vehicle the suspect was driving was towed from the scene.