Friday, March 31, 2006

Man Fatally Shot By Holland Police Officer After Chase

HOLLAND, Mich. (AP) — A driver who crashed into a police car and tried to run over an officer following an attempted traffic stop was fatally shot by a city police officer early Friday, authorities said.

The shooting happened about 2 a.m. in a parking lot, The Grand Rapids Press reported. The name of the man who was killed was not immediately released, nor was the identity of the officer who shot him.

Police said an officer tried to stop the driver, but that the motorist sped off. After eventually pulling into the parking lot, police said the vehicle hit a patrol car several times and the driver tried to run over an officer.

The driver was shot and taken to a local hospital, where he died, police said. It was uncertain how many officers were involved, the newspaper said. Holland police asked Michigan State Police to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.

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