One person is dead following a chase and police shooting that ended on Iowa State University’s campus Monday morning.
It started around 10:20 a.m. when a father called police to report his son had stolen his truck after an argument between the two.
Police say the chase began on Beach Avenue when an officer spotted the vehicle and tried pulling it over. The driver put it in reverse slamming into the squad car and then took off.
The chase continued through the heart of campus at one point heading the wrong way on a one-way road. The driver nearly lost control as the trailer became unhitched.
Police continued to chase the vehicle as it went the wrong way on Morrill Road causing pedestrians to jump out of the way. Police say they tried to bring the chase to a halt by ramming the vehicle but were unsuccessful.
Just north of the Campanile, the suspect lost control and rammed his car into a tree.
Officers swarmed the area and the suspect again tried to ram police cars with his vehicle. That’s when officers fired on the vehicle. Police say six shots were fired with at least one hitting the driver.
“I saw a big white pick up going through central campus which was interesting because you never see any cars going into central campus,” student Jon Hope described.
“The cops were right behind him and they were bumping back and forth and the next thing I knew I heard a loud crash and I saw thwack of the car and I knew he had crashed into trees or a car over there.”
The suspect was pronounced dead at Mary Greeley Hospital. An officer is on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated.
No one else was hurt during the chase.