Man killed after West Memphis police chase ends in gunfire

A police chase led to gunfire and left one person dead in West Memphis (Photo: MGN)

Arkansas State Police are investigating after a police chase led to gunfire and left one person dead in West Memphis.

West Memphis police were chasing a vehicle traveling east toward Memphis when the driver reversed and started driving toward the officers about 5 p.m., according to a news release. At least one officer reportedly opened fire. The vehicle then crashed into a commercial carrier truck, according to state police.

The driver, identified as Ronald Clinton, 47, of Memphis, was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries. State police said Clinton's body will be taken to the state Crime Lab for autopsy. His cause of death was not immediately clear.

Investigative findings will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney's office to determine whether police were justified in the use of deadly force, according to state police.

The Arkansas Department of Transportation reported that eastbound traffic on the interstate was halted for more than three hours while authorities investigated. Eastbound lanes were re-opened at 8:56 p.m.

The investigation is ongoing.

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