LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Red and blue flashing lights, police tape wrapping the intersection of Southern Parkway and Third Street, a scene neighbor Bob Gordon woke up to Monday morning.
"I heard the sirens and everything at 4:00 it woke me up. I went out on the front porch and the count was 16 police cars. Like I said a couple ambulances, several fire people were here," Gordon said.
LMPD says an early morning police chase came to an end with the suspect vehicle hitting a utility pole.
"The three people in the vehicle were ejected, one is deceased at the scene, the other two have been transported to the hospital and are being treated for their injuries," LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said.
Chief Conrad says officers were chasing the car because it matched the description of one stolen in a carjacking in Old Louisville, near 2nd and Oak Streets. He says 1st division officers spotted the car on Broadway and attempted to make a traffic stop.
"As opposed to stopping, the driver of that vehicle took off, the officers pursued which is allowed under our pursuit policy for a dangerous felony, that pursuit ended with a collision of the vehicle that had been taken in the robbery at the intersection of 3rd and Southern Parkway," Chief Conrad said.
Chief Conrad says the three people in the vehicle are young men who appear to be teenagers.
"Thats's the sad part. There's three families now that have to suffer from a bad choice that these young kids made, funeral arrangements to be made," Gordon said.
LMPD says the officers involved in the chase will be back on their patrol duties, not on administrative leave as they initially said because the officers’ actions were within LMPD's standard operating procedures.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story said officers involved were placed on administrative leave. As of 10:42 a.m., LMPD said those officers would be returning to their normal patrol duties.
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