Apr 27, 2013 4:49 PM by Adam Winer and Maisie Insko
A shooting in Lexington launched a multi-county police pursuit that ended in gunfire in Scott County.
Police tell LEX18 that a woman was shot by a man at the BP gas station on Athens-Boonsboro Road in Lexington this morning.
Witnesses tell LEX18 that it appeared to be an argument between the man and the woman that led to the shooting.
The shooting victim was flown to UK Hospital say authorities, and at last check her condition was described as being critical.
According to witnesses, the man and the woman entered the gas station at around 8:30 Saturday morning. An employee says the man went to purchase a soft drink and pack of cigarettes, while the female went to use the restroom. Witnesses tell LEX18 that the dispute appeared to begin when the female could not find the restroom and the suspect urged her to leave with him.
As the female resisted, say witnesses, the suspect grabbed her by the hand, taking her to the ground and dragging her out the door and toward the car.
According to eye-witnesses, the woman eventually got up off the ground and walked back towards the door to pick up her purse which she had dropped while being dragged. The suspect then went to grab the woman again, and when she resisted, witnesses say, the man shot her multiple times.
Witnesses add that after shooting the woman, the man also pointed his gun at other gas station customers who saw the shooting happen.
Police say those witnesses later gave a good description of the man and the vehicle he drove off in, helping police in their pursuit.
Driving a silver sedan with Illinois plates, the shooting suspect drove off and was spotted by Lexington police headed northbound on Interstate-75.
Scott County deputies and Georgetown Police placed spike strips to try to stop suspect at exit 125.
The strips blew out passenger side tires, but driver kept going until exit 129, say police.
That's where another set of "stop strips" was placed.
The alluding vehicle was able to get around those strips, but didn't get much further, landing in right shoulder of highway.
Police surrounded the subject, who got out of his vehicle "brandishing a weapon," according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Ron Turley.
That's when a Scott County Sheriff's deputy shot the suspect with a rifle, and the suspect was killed on the scene.
The deputy who fired the lethal shot has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is county police protocol.
Scott County Sheriff Tony Hampton says that preliminary investigation reveals that it was a warranted shooting.
The investigation is still ongoing
The identities of the shooting victim and the shooting suspect has not yet been made public by authorities.
The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 at Exit 129 was blocked as police investigated the scene of the shooting where the chase ended. The lanes were re-opened just after 2pm Saturday.