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STPSO: Suspect killed after leading police on car chase, opening fire officers

SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) -

A 46-year-old man was shot and killed by police along the interstate in Slidell Saturday morning after leading officers on a multi-parish chase while shooting at the pursuing officers.

The incident started at approximately 2:30 a.m. when a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office deputy attempted to stop a white pick-up truck on Pontchartrain Drive near Slidell. According to Sheriff Jack Strain, the driver refused to stop and led officers on a chase through Orleans and St. Tammany Parishes. State Police and officers with the Slidell Police Department joined the pursuit as it developed.

The driver shot at police multiple times during the chase, but never hit an officer.

State troopers deployed a spike strip near I-10 Eastbound's Gause Boulevard exit that disabled the truck and brought an end to the chase.

The driver then got out of the vehicle holding a semi-automatic handgun. After the 46-year-old driver continued to threaten the surrounding officers, police opened fire on the suspect. He died on the scene. No law enforcement agents were injured.

The 46-year-old driver originally had a passenger in his car who bailed out during the chase. Police believed they now have him in custody and are set to question him soon.

The suspect was later identified as Lucien Rolland of Slidell. 

I-10 East at Gause has been reopened since the incident.

The St. Tammany Sheriff's Office plans to release more information on Monday as the investigation continues.

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