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Cop shot driver after high-speed chase of van carrying kids

Published: March 9, 2017 2:10 PM

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A police dispatch report indicates a high-speed chase ended with an Ohio officer fatally shooting a van driver after spike strips were used to stop the vehicle, which also carried a woman and three children.

The 14-minute chase began in Strongsville, 20 miles south of Cleveland, in northeast Ohio. It ended early Tuesday on Interstate 71 in Medina (meh-DY‘-nuh) County.

The Medina County coroner has identified the man as 37-year-old Roy Evans Jr., of Lorain.

The dispatch log indicates the driver was shot after reaching down and then lighting a cigarette. The report says pursuit speeds reached 100 mph and the driver rammed a police car on the interstate.

The investigation is being handled by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which has released few details about the shooting.

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