Source: (Video courtesy of Rick McCoy, Van Wert)A semi truck led authorities on a nearly two-hour chase.
SPENCERVILLE — An unidentified 46-year-old Allen County man was shot and killed by law enforcement after leading them on a multi-county chase Tuesday morning, including the wrong way down U.S. 30.
According to a news release from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, at about 8:11 a.m. a Spencerville police officer tried to stop the man who was driving a semi-truck. The officer was attempting to stop the man due to a reported criminal complaint involving the operator of the truck. The man refused to stop, and a pursuit began.
Several additional agencies joined in the pursuit, including the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the truck fled throughout Allen County and eventually entered U.S. 30 westbound near Delphos. Officers tried to stop the truck by using stop sticks and shooting his tires.
The driver reportedly refused all orders to stop and made multiple and repeated threats to kill people.
While the driver was fleeing on U.S. 30 westbound, he drove into the eastbound lanes and continued westbound against oncoming traffic. At that time, officers determined the operator and semi were an imminent threat to the citizens and fired shots at the driver, Allen County Sheriff Matt Treglia said in a press release. He was struck by gunfire, and the truck eventually came to a complete stop in the eastbound lanes near U.S. 30 and Feasby Wisener Road, nearly two hours after the initial attempted traffic stop.
The incident is being investigated by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification.
Eastbound U.S. 30 and one lane of westbound U.S. 30 remained closed until late Tuesday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. They finally reopened after 4:30 p.m.
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