A Pensacola man has been identified as the suspect who died in a fiery wreck on Highway 614 in Jackson County early Thursday, the sheriff’s department said in a press release.
The man has been identified as 61-year old Christopher Palmer.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said Mobile police began chasing Palmer through the downtown of the Alabama city about 6 a.m.
Officers used spike strips to flatten the tires, but Palmer continued into Jackson County and onto Highway 614, where his vehicle crashed into a ditch and caught fire.
Officers tried to approach the vehicle to get Palmer out, but he displayed a gun and officers backed off. Palmer died on scene.
One lane of the highway was closed from Stateline Road to east of Frank Snell Road from about 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. after a high-speed chase ended in the crash.
Mississippi Highway Patrol and Jackson County Sheriff’s deputies worked the incident. Jackson County fire crews extinguished the blaze.
The area was cleared after more than two hours and Mississippi 614 was re-opened.
Any further information will come from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mobile Police Department.