2-Hour Pursuit Ends as Police Kill Truck Driver Deemed an “Imminent Threat”
UPDATE: The truck driver has been identified by police as Terry Pierce, Jr., 46, from Spencerville.
The semi Pierce was driving was reported stolen from GLM Transport in Van Wert, OH. Authorities say Pierce was not an employee of GLM.
No reason has been given for why Pierce stole the tractor.
The SWAT officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Allen County, OH – A truck driver who evaded police during an almost two-hour pursuit on Tuesday morning was shot and killed by officers after he was deemed an “imminent threat to the safety of citizens.”
According to Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia, Spencerville Police officers attempted to stop a semi-truck at approximately 8:11 a.m. on Tuesday in Spencerville due to a reported “criminal complaint.”
Treglia said the driver, a 46-year-old white male from Allen County, refused to stop and a pursuit ensued.
Multiple agencies, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office, assisted in the pursuit, according to Treglia.
The truck driver eventually entered onto U.S. 30 westbound near Delphos.
Treglia said authorities made numerous attempts to stop the vehicle including negotiating with him over the phone, using stop sticks, shooting remaining tires, and “vehicle maneuvers.”
However, the truck driver continued on.
Treglia indicated the driver “refused all orders and made repeated threats to kill people.”
The stakes were elevated to yet a higher level when the truck driver reportedly “drove into the eastbound lanes and continued to travel west against oncoming traffic.”
That’s when Treglia said officers determined to take swift and lethal action and began firing on the semi-truck.
The driver was “eventually struck” and the truck came to rest at approximately 10:04 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of travel near the intersection of U.S. 30 and Feasby Wisener Road in Van Wert County, according to Treglia.
The driver was pronounced dead on the scene.
Treglia said it is not yet known how many rounds were fired or how many times the driver was struck.
Authorities are withholding the truck driver’s identity pending next of kin notification.
Treglia said no officers or other motorists were injured in the incident.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Transportation Nation Network will update this article as new information is learned.
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