Police shoot driver after chase on Bronx expressway

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Posted: Mar 26, 2011 8:11 PM
Police shoot driver after chase on Bronx expressway

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police shot dead a driver on a congested Bronx expressway on Saturday, after he crashed into several vehicles and tried to run down officers as they approached his car, authorities said.

Police said they tried to pull over Orlando Santos, 28, around midnight as he drove down the notoriously congested Major Deegan Expressway that passes through the Bronx, because one of his headlights was out.

Santos sped off, striking several cars before crashing. As officers approached on foot, he then drove his Ford Expedition "forward and reverse in a deliberate attempt" to hit them, twice refusing orders to get out of the car, the New York Police Department said.

Police fired shots, the suspect moved his car again, hitting several other vehicles and again drove at officers, two of whom had to dive over a barrier to avoid being hit. Other officers then shot and killed him.

Some 10 vehicles were damaged in the melee, and four people were treated in hospital for injuries.

The northbound expressway remained closed throughout the morning, only reopening around midday.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Tim Gaynor)