A police patrol tried to pull over a car which ran a red light – but failed to stop it because the driver was already dead.
The police officer was in his patrol car in the central valley, Las Vegas, when a Nissan Maxima ran through a red light.
The officer said the vehicle continued along Martin Luther King Boulevard, near Lake Mead Boulevard.
Homicide Lieutenant Ray Steiber said the officer tailed the Maxima with his patrol vehicle. The car then crossed the central reservation, across the oncoming lanes of traffic and in to scrub land.
The Maxima then veered back onto Martin Luther King south in the northbound lanes, at which point it struck a vehicle.
When it finally came to a stop, the officer saw a man who was shot multiple times was slouched in the driver’s seat.
The unidentified man, who appeared to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.
The maroon Maxima had bullet holes in its driver’s side, Lt. Steiber said.
He added the man who was shot must have had his foot on the accelerator, and the haphazard chase lasted between 10 and 15 seconds after the Maxima drove through the intersection.
‘We want to know what happened,’ Lt. Steiber said. ‘We don’t know how long he had been unconscious.
‘We don’t know how long prior to this coming to an end had he been shot.’
Lt. Steiber said police received 911 calls of gunshots just before the officer spotted the Maxima.