Police shoot armed suspect on I-75 after forcing his car off road to end chase

Police shot a man who is a suspect in a Chicago homicide after a Sunday afternoon police chase down I-75 ended in Auglaize County, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

No officers were injured during the incident, which happened just south of Exit 110 on I-75. The man who was shot, 45-year-old Danny E. Berry of Chicago, was hospitalized with serious injuries, according to a Sunday night statement from the Highway Patrol.

Neither OSHP, nor the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the shooting, had an update on the man’s condition Monday.

Around 1:35 p.m. Sunday, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers from the Findlay post found a Chrysler Pacifica on I-75 in Hancock County believed to be driven by a homicide suspect. When troopers attempted a traffic stop, the driver did not stop, resulting in a pursuit, OSHP said.

The vehicle continued south on I-75 at a high rate of speed, and officers used stop sticks multiple times, but the driver still did not stop. OSHP said the chase ended when troopers used their vehicles to make contact with the suspect vehicle on I-75 South just south of U.S. 33 in Pusheta Twp. The Pacifica came to a stop in the median and caught fire.

At that point, Berry got out of the vehicle with a handgun and walked south in the southbound lanes of I-75, where officers shot him, according to OSHP.

The incident remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the shooting, OSHP said. They did not provide details about whether Berry fired his gun, or about how many officers fired at Berry.

OSHP said the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock Sheriff’s Office, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Lima Police Department, Shawnee Twp. Police Department, Wapakoneta Fire and EMS and Ohio Department of Transportation assisted troopers.

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