MOREHEAD, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police say a man killed in crash after a short police pursuit shot a man in Morehead before embarking on an armed robbery spree through several counties.
Authorities said Tuesday afternoon that 33-year-old Lucas Vanderpool of Salt Lick died Sunday evening after crashing his vehicle into a tree in Bourbon County.
Hours earlier, troopers received a call from St. Claire Hospital about a 55-year-old man with a gunshot wound. Police said Coy Adkins was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
KSP along with Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies nad state Fish and Wildlife police determined that Vanderpool had shot Adkins and then fled.
Police then were alerted to an armed robbery at Eagle Travel Park Truck Stop in Rowan County. Police responded to the shop on Kentucky Highway 801 and determined that Vanderpool had committed the robbery, fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
A short time later, Vanderpool robbed the Super Express Stop along U.S. Highway 60 in Montgomery County.
Police began the pursuit of Vanderpool’s 2003 Ford Escape after reports of an armed robbery in Winchester.
An employee at Scotty’s Market later said the gunman fired a shot inside the store after taking money. No one was reported injured.
Due to the speed of the pursuit, officers backed off and notified Paris dispatch that the car was heading toward city limits.
A short time later the vehicle was observed off the side of Thatchers Mill Road after it failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree.
The Bourbon County Coroner’s Office pronounced Vanderpool deceased at the scene of the collision. Toxicology will be pending, but speed is considered a factor in the collision.