Missouri Highway Patrol troopers fatally shot a man who opened fire on them after a lengthy car chase late Saturday, a patrol spokesman said.
The incident began when a man led Ray County deputies in a chase that began in that county about 10:40 p.m. The Highway Patrol joined the pursuit, which ended up in La Benite Park in Sugar Creek.
Sgt. Bill Lowe, a spokesman for the patrol, said the man drove the car, which was reported stolen, down the boat ramp. The driver, who was the only occupant, got out of the vehicle before it went into the Missouri River.
The man tried to push the car further into the river and then put his hands into his sweatshirt, officials said. After 30 minutes of negotiating, authorities fired a bean-bag round and hit the man. The man was initially stunned by the round and then turned toward officers with a handgun and fired, according to the highway patrol.
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A Jackson County sheriff’s deputy and more than one trooper returned fire, killing the man about 11:50 p.m.
He was later identified as 42-year-old Jeremy J. Sinclair of Tina, Mo.