Shots fired

Shots were fired at police in pursuit of a pickup truck in Van Buren County on Tuesday afternoon. A traffic stop turned in to anything but routine when a suspect was pulled over by a state police officer, according to law enforcement sources. The driver of the pickup took off and led state police and Van Buren County sheriff’s deputies on a chase with speeds of about 80 mph on dirt and gravel county roads. Police pursued the truck on many roads around Bee Branch, then onto Highway 65 where the suspect was reported driving about 100 mph. An officer was heard on the police scanner reporting that he was behind the suspect’s vehicle. He then said, "He’s got a gun. He’s shooting. I’m dropping back." The pickup ran off or pulled off Highway 65 around Highway 124 and police rushed to stop traffic north and south of the "serious situation," as it was described. Shortly after it was reported on the scanner that the pickup was stopped, word came that the subject had shot himself and an ambulance was en route. Air Evac also was called but then was canceled. The sheriff’s office did not return phone calls and neither the suspect’s identity nor his condition was available at press time.