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Police chase and reports of shots fired could be related

A police chase through Lafayette Tuesday morning may have been related to a shots fired call just an hour before.

Posted: Dec 12, 2019 11:58 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2019 12:15 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A police chase through Lafayette Tuesday morning may have been related to a shots fired call a little more than an hour before.

Lafayette Police Sgt. Mike Brown said a gun and spent shell casings were found inside the car 18-year-old Zachery Richards was driving before he ran away. As we previously reported, a man was shot at twice on Meadow Drive.

Brown said the cases are likely related based off vehicle description and the timeline. However, Brown said forensic evidence is being examined. 

The shots fired call came in about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday. A man said he was sitting in his truck when a black Mercedes pulled up next to him. The man's truck was shot twice. No injuries were reported, police said.

Then about 2:30 Tuesday morning, Tippecanoe County deputies tried to stop a black Mercedez Benz for speeding near Concord Road and Olympia Drive. The car sped off before the deputy could get out of the car.

The chase traveled onto Veterans Memorial Parkway and then onto S. 18th Street. Police said the driver blacked out and ended up crashing into a propane tank near Wea School Road. He then ran away. 

Richards was found by a Lafayette K9 officer. He is facing preliminary charges of Resisting Law Enforcement with Vehicle, Resisting Law Enforcement, Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Crash, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Schedule II Controlled Substance.

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