UPDATE: Man In Custody After Nine-Hour Pursuit

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 1/15 4:32 pm
A fatal accident prompted a nine-hour manhunt that ended in a standoff and eventually an arrest.

According to Lexington Police, a man was being pursued by police on inbound Georgetown Road when he slammed head-on into another car heading in the other direction.

One person was pronounced dead on the scene, the Fayette County Coroner said. Another person from the same vehicle was transported in critical condition with life-threatening injuries to UK Hospital.

Lexington Police officers responded to the accident, but were not involved in the chase, Lexington Police Lt. Clayton Roberts said, but Roberts stopped short of naming the agency involved.

Police say the driver of the car that was fleeing police caused the accident, then jumped out and ran away. That prompted multi-agency manhunt for several hours along Georgetown Road between Iron Works Road and Spurr Road.

According to Kentucky State Police, Lexington Police were assisted by Scott County Sheriff's Department, Georgetown Police, and their own troopers. Lexington Police also called multiple K-9 units and the helicopter to search the large area.

Around 1:30 a.m. the suspect had been located, miles away from the scene of the accident, at a home on the 300 block of East Second Street.

According to police on the scene, investigators tracked the suspect to the home and were able to confirm he was inside. Three or four people were evacuated from inside and questioned by detectives.

They found out that the suspect was holed up in the attic and there were at least two long guns and one pistol inside the home.

Officers requested the help of the Emergency Response Unit, who specializes in dealing with barricaded subjects.

Police officers tried to communicate with the suspect with loudspeakers, telephone calls, and even sending in a robot with a speaker and microphone to try and talk with the suspect.

After more than five hours of not getting a response, ERU officers used a gas to get the suspect out of the attic.

The suspect was taken into custody without injury and transported to the hospital for non-life threatening conditions, police said. They believe the injuries were from the car crash.

As a precaution, Lexington Fire crews were staged near the standoff scene with a fire engine, emergency care unit, and a district major throughout the entire situation, fire officials said.

According to fire officials, crews had to ventilate the home after the suspect was taken into custody.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect. Lexington Police said the suspect could also be facing charges in other counties.


This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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