Man killed in shootout after fleeing officers in Mississippi

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Posted: Mar 27, 2017 5:49 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A man who had been pulled over on suspicion of drunken driving was shot to death in Mississippi after fleeing and leading officers on a high-speed chase that ended in gunfire, authorities said Monday.

A deputy sheriff was shot in the leg, but the wound isn't life-threatening, said spokesman Warren Strain of the state Department of Public Safety.

The chase began Monday morning near the small town of Mathiston and ended when the fleeing sport utility vehicle was disabled some 40 miles (about 65 kilometers) away near Columbus in the eastern part of the state, Strain said.

Mississippi Highway Patrol officers joined sheriff's department officers from three counties in the pursuit, and officers threw spiked sticks in the road to flatten the tires of the fleeing SUV, he said.

It was unclear who killed the fleeing man, Pryor Spencer Bailey IV, 45, of Starkville, Mississippi. An autopsy will be done.

The name of the wounded Lowndes County deputy wasn't immediately released.

Bailey was white.