A man who led Lexington police on a chase into Madison County died after an exchange of gunfire on the Eastern Bypass in Richmond Saturday night.
Police said the man, whom they did not immediately identify, assaulted Officer James Winter at the Circle K in Buckhorn Plaza about 9 p.m. Winter, who was responding to a domestic violence call involving the man, called for backup, and police began looking for the vehicle in which the man fled. Police radio traffic said the man was wanted on charges of burglary, assault and wanton endangerment.
Another officer caught up with the vehicle and followed it into Madison County, where the chase ended at the intersection of the Eastern Bypass and Lancaster Avenue. There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect, whose vehicle was in a treeline along the road, and police. The man fired on officers, and they returned fire, according to the state police. State police Trooper Robert Purdy said Lexington police, along with officers from the state police and Madison County sheriff's office, were there. He said state police will investigate the shooting.
The Lexington police helicopter was called out, and it shined a light on the suspect to help officers determine the man's condition. He was said to be lying on the ground, apparently injured.
After a standoff lasting about a half-hour, the man was taken into custody, and he was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, state police said.
Winter was treated at UK for injuries that were not life-threatening.