Alabama man dies after car catches on fire at end of wild police chase across state line

Published 5:37 pm Thursday, May 7, 2020

A Mississippi highway has reopened after a police chase Wednesday that started in Alabama and ended with a fatality in Jackson County.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said the pursuit began in Mobile County, Alabama, around 6 a.m. and crossed into neighboring Jackson County on Mississippi Highway 614 headed toward Hurley, news outlets reported. Authorities used spike strips to stop the car, which crashed and caught on fire, officials said.

As deputies moved toward the burning car, the suspect allegedly pointed a gun and the deputies moved back. The suspect, who remained in the vehicle, died on the scene.

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The driver’s name has not been released. Details of what sparked the pursuit also have been withheld.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is among the law enforcement agencies investigating.