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1 Killed, 1 Injured In Southwest Detroit Police Chase

Authorities have identified the victim.

June 04, 2019 - 7:48 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) -- Authorities have identified the man that was shot and killed following a chase that took police along I-75 and ended in Southwest Detroit on Monday.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the man killed as 41-year-old Kevin Pudlik, a passenger in the vehicle. The chase started around 2:30 p.m. along I-75, with Michigan State Police and Detroit Police in pursuit of a vehicle that was involved in a shooting last weekend in Detroit. 

Police rammed the car several times in an attempt to bring it to a stop. Several police cars finally had the vehicle mostly surrounded and stopped in the middle of the street, but it was able to escape. The driver turned down a side street, dodging several civilian vehicles. 

Police eventually cornered the vehicle near a wall and were able to arrest the driver, who tried to run over several officers in the area of Fort Street and West End. Officer Dan Donakowski says that's when officers began to fire shots. The driver was wounded, while Pudlik was killed. The condition of the driver was not released.

Authorities said two guns were recovered from the car.

The incident is still under investigation and authorities say full details will be shared with prosecutors when the investigation comes to an end.