Po­lice fire back, kill man on I-55

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

ST. LOUIS — A man who died af­ter a shootout with po­lice on a busy stretch of in­ter­state near St. Louis was heav­ily armed, was wear­ing a bul­let-re­sis­tant vest and had threat­ened to kill a rel­a­tive and co-work­ers, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Mon­day.

The in­ci­dent be­gan about 9 a.m. when sev­eral pass­ing mo­torists stopped to help 31-year-old Jer­rod Ker­shaw af­ter he ran his ve­hi­cle off the road near the in­ter­sec­tion of In­ter­state 55 and In­ter­state 270 out­side St. Louis, said Jef­fer­son County Sher­iff Dave Mar­shak.

Ker­shaw tried to car­jack one ve­hi­cle but couldn’t be­cause it had a man­ual trans­mis­sion, Mar­shak said. He then stole an­other good Samar­i­tan’s car and drove south on I-55.

Po­lice spot­ted the stolen car and used spike strips to force the car off the road in neigh­bor­ing Jef­fer­son County.

Ker­shaw fired sev­eral shots at po­lice, who re­turned fire, Mar­shak said.

Po­lice closed the in­ter­state in both di­rec­tions, and a SWAT team and ar­mored po­lice ve­hi­cle de­scended on the stolen car. Ker­shaw was found dead in­side the ve­hi­cle, which tele­vi­sion footage showed was rid­dled with bul­let holes.

No of­fi­cers or by­s­tanders were hurt dur­ing the chase and shootout.

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