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1 dead, 1 in custody following pursuit, crash in Pettis County

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 06:41:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bystander was killed and a suspect was taken into custody following a police pursuit that began in Henry County and crossed into Pettis County on Sunday evening, according to authorities.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers assisted Henry County deputies in apprehending a suspect in a stolen car, according to a tweet from MSHP.

The bystander died at a local hospital.

— MSHP Troop A (@MSHPTrooperA) March 2, 2020

Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the suspect entered Sedalia in Pettis County heading northbound on U.S. 65, at which time "spikes were deployed," according to MSHP. The vehicle failed to stop at a red light and struck a vehicle a West 32nd Street. That vehicle then hit a third vehicle, according to a crash report from MSHP.

The driver of the second vehicle, identified as 27-year-old Zachary Hancock Bottom, was transported to an area hospital and later died.

MSHP said the suspect hit a a Pettis County deputy vehicle. The deputy is "OK," according to MSHP.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Major Crash Investigation Unit is continuing to investigate the crash.