High speed police chase ends in fatality

Investigators comb the site near 14th and North Carolina streets where shots were fired following a high-speed chase Saturday night. / By: Brent Engel, Hannibal Courier Post

Update: Nov. 1, 2010 9:36 p.m. Courtesy of the Hannibal Courier-Post

Investigators discussed preliminary autopsy results from a weekend shooting in Louisiana, Missouri involving three law officers tonight.

Pike County's coroner says the autopsy of 39-year-old Timothy Chrisman of Vandalia was done in Troy, but declined to discuss details or a cause of death.

Two Louisiana police officers fired upon Chrisman's pickup after a high-speech chase through the Pike County community Saturday night.

A Pike County Sheriff's Department deputy also was involved.

Louisiana's City Administrator says the two officers have been put on paid administrative leave as a formality.

You can find a complete story about this investigation in Tuesday's edition of the Hannibal Courier Post.

Update: October 31, 2010, 10:30 p.m.

You heard first on KHQA about a high speed chase in Louisiana, Missouri Saturday night that ended in multiple gun shots. Sunday, we learned the chase ended in a fatality.

Pike County Coroner Jim Turner says 39-year-old Timothy Chrisman of Vandalia died Saturday night.

Police say they got a call about a reckless driver. Soon after, the chase began. Authorities told Brent Engel of the Hannibal Courier Post the suspect struck both an officer and deputy with his car. That's when several witnesses heard gun shots. Based upon evidence cones at the scene, it appeared as if at least 14 shots were fired.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation. It is unknown if the shots struck Chrisman or how he died. An autopsy is planned for Monday.

Update: October 31, 2010, 11:30 a.m.

According to Brent Engel from the Hannibal Courier Post, investigators continue their probe of a high-speed chase Saturday night in Louisiana that included multiple gunshots by law enforcement and ended in a fatality.

Authorities did not release the victim TMs name early Sunday morning, but Pike County Coroner Jim Turner met shortly before 2 a.m. with the family of 39-year-old Timothy S. Chrisman of Vandalia.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is in charge of the inquiry. Click here to read the breakdown of events offered by Lt. Robert Wolf. Based upon evidence cones placed on North Carolina, it appeared as if at least 14 shots were fired.

Wolf said authorities TM response to the incident was proper. The pickup has been impounded and more investigative work must be done. A search of court documents showed Chrisman had a long record dating to 1994 of civil cases and guilty pleas to criminal charges of property damage, peace disturbance, theft and domestic assault.

Update: October 30, 2010, 9:30 p.m.

According to the Hannibal Courier Post, a high speed chase ended in gun shots.

No details have been released but according to witnesses, the chase started when a pick-up truck struck a police car and then drove across the Former Louisiana Foundry site.

One officer pursued on foot, and another followed in a vehicle.

At least 14 shots were fired based upon evidence cones that are placed at the scene.

A Louisiana funeral director arrived at the scene with a body bag.

There has been no confirmation of a death.

KHQA will bring you updates as we receive them.