Gunshots fired during police pursuit of stolen vehicle in Westmoreland

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WESTMORELAND, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities in Sumner County are investigating after gunshots were fired during a police pursuit that shut down a major portion of road in Westmoreland early Monday morning.

The incident happened around 6 a.m. on Highway 31E between Highway 52 and Bledsoe Street.

According to Westmoreland police, officers were patrolling the area and observed a Chevy Cobalt coming out of Kentucky at a “high rate of speed.” When officers attempted to pursue the vehicle, they said it crashed into a guardrail.

An officer spotted the driver walking on the road toward another officer, police explained. They said the driver then pulled out a gun, so an officer fired at him, but it was not clear if the driver fired any shots.

The driver jumped the guardrail and went down a steep ravine into a pond, investigators said.

Once the driver was located and taken into custody, he was transported to an area hospital to be checked out. Upon his release, he will be lodged in the Sumner County jail.

Police eventually identified the driver as Patrick Beach and said the Chevy Cobalt was stolen from somewhere in Kentucky.

The incident remains under investigation by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and WKRN.com for updates.

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