EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPOLICE SHOOT CHASE SUSPECT
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Chase Suspect Shot and Killed by Police in Jackson County
Reported by: Patrick McMurtry
Web Producer: Patrick McMurtry
Also Contributing: Kristin Keeling, Chris Swope, Mamie Buoy
Reported: Jul. 20, 2012 4:32 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 20, 2012 5:16 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A three county police chase ends with the suspect dead.
Officers say they were responding to a disturbance call at the Mardi Gras Casino around 2am Friday. That's when they say 35-year-old Craig Keith jumped into his car and took off, driving through Kanawha County to Lincoln county. Keith then allegedly turned around and drove back through Kanawha County and into Jackson County.
Police say Keith was trying to ram cruisers and other vehicles on the road. We are told that he refused to listen to their commands. Police say he was considered a threat and they had to shoot him.
Keith died on the way to the hospital.
Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for the latest on this continuing story.
A suspected drunk driver was shot and killed by police after leading police on a wild, three county chase that ended at the Cedar Lake exit of I-77 outside Ripley.
It all started at the Nitro Mardis Gras Casino and Resort after Nitro police responded to a disturbance call there around 3am Friday.
The driver took off and made his way to Lincoln County, before turning around and coming back into Kanawha County. Police put out spike strips on Corridor G, but the driver crossed the median driving the wrong way and evaded them. He then took off on I-77 with one flat tire and cops could not catch him until he got to the Ripley area.
Witnesses say they heard so many shots it sounded like firecrackers going off, one says she saw a man lying on his back outside his car.
I-77 Northbound had been shutdown at Exit 132 in the Ripley/Fairplain area due to the standoff but has now reopened.
We will continue to update this story as we get more information.
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