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Car chase that ended in deputy shot, suspect killed began as DUI stop

A multi-county car chase ended with a Lowndes County deputy shot and the suspect dead, according to the Columbus Dispatch website.

Warren Strain, communications director for the state Department of Public Safety, said the incident began at 10 a.m. in Webster County, when a sheriff’s deputy stopped a white Hyundai SUV on suspicion of DUI. According to reports, two suspects began eluding law enforcement. Stop sticks were deployed during the chase in the city of Columbus, but the driver evaded them.

The vehicle was stopped using stop sticks near the intersection of Highways 50 and 82. A suspect in the vehicle then exited it, brandishing two hand guns, Strain said.

One of the suspects shot a Lowndes County deputy in the leg, Strain said. The deputy was being treated at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. The wound is non-life-threatening. Strain declined to identify the deputy.

The suspect, Pryor Spencer Bailey IV, 45, of Starkville, was shot and died at the scene.

No other information was available and the second suspect also has not been identified.

Strain said evidence gathered at the scene was taken to the State Crime Lab and Bailey was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

The investigation is continuing.

Kate Magandy: 228-896-2344, @kmagandy

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