NEWTON -- One person is dead following a police chase that ended on I-135 near Moundridge.
At about 10:37 p.m., Newton police officers attempted to stop a vehicle reported to have been involved in a car burglary. The vehicle fled the scene and led officers on a high-speed chase north on I-135.
After running over stop sticks, the vehicle came to rest in the median near mile marker 51. The car's occupants did not emerge for several minutes. According to a Newton Police Department news release, when the driver emerged, the occupants became combative.
According to police, officers used other non-lethal options -- including beanbag rounds, a Taser and a K-9 -- to subdue the driver, but those efforts were unsuccessful. When the driver tried to harm the K-9, an officer attempted to physically subdue the driver, police said.
The driver reportedly tried to take an officer's gun. According to police, at that point, the officer alerted other officers. A McPherson County Sheriff's deputy saw the driver trying to take the gun and "felt compelled to use lethal force to protect our officer's life," police said.
First aid was given and the driver was transported to a hospital and later died.
Names of the driver and passenger have not been released. Officers were treated for injuries and are in good condition.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has taken the lead in the investigation.