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Walnut Ridge Standoff

June 26, 2003 - Posted at: 1:22 p.m. CDT

WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. -- A Randolph County motorist was fatally shot by police after he was pursued for miles by a state trooper and fired shots at officers trying to arrest him.

Police say the man was killed in an exchange of gunfire about five p-m yesterday alongside U.S. 67 north of Walnut Ridge. The man was identified as 33-year-old Troy Triplett.

State police say the chase began near the Black River bridge at Pocahontas and continued south for 13 miles.

State police Corporal Steve Schults tried to stop a car for hazardous driving, but the driver sped away.

The driver apparently lost control as he maneuvered around spike strips later put down by police. The car left the highway, traveling into the median and coming to a halt beneath a bridge carrying northbound traffic over a low spot.

As police closed in on the driver, he fired several shots at them. Police returned fire and killed Triplett.

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