On Thursday, May, 7, 2020 at approximately 5:11 a.m., police attempted to stop a vehicle in the downtown area on Government Street at South Royal Street in reference to the driver operating his vehicle very recklessly. The driver refused to stop and continued driving west on Government Street.
At one point the driver stopped his vehicle and officers approached. The driver then pulled a gun and pointed it at himself. Officers then moved back from the vehicle. The driver continued traveling west on Government Street toward Airport Boulevard at a high rate of speed.
Once on Airport Boulevard the officers were able to deploy stop sticks and successfully flatten three tires. The driver continued west on Airport Boulevard still at a high rate of speed until he entered Mississippi.
The driver continued traveling approximately one mile into Mississippi where he went off the road into a wooded area. The vehicle became disabled.
As the officers approached the vehicle, the driver accelerated the engine causing the underbrush to catch fire. Officers repeatedly ordered the driver to exit the vehicle as it was on fire but the driver refused. After a few moments, the vehicle became fully engulfed in flames. By that time, the driver was unable to exit the vehicle. He died as a result of the fire.
The investigation into this incident is ongoing.