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Man shot by police after leading them on a chase

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - A man is dead after being shot by an Amarillo Police Officer on the Boulevard. 

It all began around 4:30 Monday afternoon, when police say the man, who they still have not identified, stole a Schwan's truck.

Six hours later, he was spotted driving in North Amarillo, and the chase began. Potter Randall Special Crimes Lt. Gary Trupe says, "The officers tried to spike the car and Boulevard and St. Francis. He drove through the parking lot of the Toot 'n Totum there to avoid the spike strips."

A witness tells us, "I was at my mother-in-law's house on River Road when I looked outside and see the truck going by and eight cops maybe."

Trupe adds, "On Northeast 10th he turned eastbound then came here to North Lincoln." 

That's when officers say they tried to set out spike strips for a second time in this chase. Only this time the strips didn't work properly. The officer who tried to set them out says he was in the middle of the intersection when he saw the Schwan's truck driving right at him, so he fired a shot.

Trupe says, "He said all he could see was that big truck coming at him so he had to do something to get out of the road and protect himself. It struck him on the right side of his body way up into the torso."

After being shot, the man continued driving until he hit a light pole and stopped in the Wienerschnitzel parking lot.

That witness says, "I see him laying down and I see the cops trying to do CPR on him and they're going at it for like maybe five or 10 minutes."

When paramedics arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trupe says, "He had no identification on him. We're in the process of running his fingerprints through our automatic finger print identification system."

Authorities believe most of this incident was caught on dash cams, which they're hoping will speed up the investigation.

It's the latest in a string of recent high-profile incidents being investigated by the Special Crimes Unit. This is the seventh officer involved shooting in Amarillo so far this year.

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