Jackson County Sheriff: Man dies in burning car after police chase that began in Mobile

JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WXXV) — The man killed in a police pursuit early Thursday morning has been identified as 61-year-old Christopher Palmer of Pensacola.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says at around 6 a.m. Thursday, Mobile Police began chasing Palmer through the downtown Mobile area. Officers used spike strips flattening the tires, but Palmer continued into Jackson County on Highway 614.

Palmer’s vehicle crashed into a ditch and caught on fire. Sheriff Ezell says as officers approached the burning car, Palmer showed a gun, which kept the officers from helping him get out of the car.

Palmer was later pronounced dead on the scene.

After an hours-long road closure due to the incident, Highway 614 is now open in both directions.

The investigation has been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Mobile Police Department.

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