Police Chase Ends in Death of Suspect

According to Westchester Police two men were involved in a chase on Tuesday that resulted in the death of one of the suspects. Police officers attempted to pull over 25-year old Akeem Smith and 36-year old Florida resident Miguel Espinal in the Bronx and when the car did not stop, police followed the vehicle to the Saw Mill Parkway, where it turned into the opposite lanes and struck a black Volkswagen. The driver of the Volkswagen was taken to Jacobi Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries, and the Parkway was closed while police investigated the scene. Smith was also taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries, but Espinal climbed out of the car after the crash, forcing police to chase him on foot into the woods near the roadway. Officers fired a single shot at the man, killing him. The violations that led police to chase the vehicle were not released, though officials state Smith was on probation and Espinal was apparently wanted for a previous record. The State Attorney General’s office will be investigating the case, due to the police shooting.

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