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Overnight chase leads to death investigation

Law enforcement where a reported chase ended in Tupelo early on November 30, 2019. (Craig Ford)

We have now learned the reported chase that ended early Saturday morning in Tupelo has led to a death investigation.

Posted: Nov 30, 2019 3:23 AM
Updated: Nov 30, 2019 9:02 PM

Nov. 30, 4:10 p.m.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — We have now learned the reported chase that ended early Saturday morning in Tupelo has led to a death investigation.

Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green was asked about what happened overnight and said Saturday afternoon her office is investigating and an autopsy will be done in Pearl.

Law enforcement shut down East Main Street around 1 a.m. Saturday between Highway 45 and Veterans Boulevard. Tupelo police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol could be seen in the areas where traffic was blocked.

Tupelo police said it was only assisting with the incident but it was not clear which agency was primarily handling the case.

A witness who works in the area said law enforcement was trying to get a car stopped along East Main Street and a spike strip was used to stop the vehicle.

That witness added there was a male and female in the car.

The original story is below.

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Police in Tupelo shut down East Main Street from Highway 45 to Veterans Boulevard overnight, and a witness said the closure stemmed from a law enforcement chase.

That witness, who did not want to be identified, said officers were trying to stop a car traveling west on Main Street with two people inside the vehicle.

Law enforcement has yet to confirm this information about a chase.

However, Tupelo Police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol could be seen either directing traffic or going into the area barricaded by officers. 

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