Suspect dead in chase, officer-involved shooting in Cape Girardeau County

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – The suspect in an officer-involved shooting in Cape Girardeau County has died, according to the Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, identified as James Brian Langley, died after a vehicle chase on Interstate 55 that ended in an officer-involved shooting May 11 on a county road.

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office was involved in a vehicle chase on Interstate 55 near the 113 mile marker. It happened on May 11 around 12:24 p.m.

A Cape Girardeau County sheriff’s deputy initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 55 for a registration violation. A chase started and the vehicle turned onto State Route D. The chase ended on Hwy. D near County Road 454. The suspect vehicle slid off the road and became inoperable.

When the vehicle stopped, the driver aggressively exited the vehicle while holding a knife, according to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office.

The preliminary investigation revealed the deputy deployed his department-issued Taser, which had no effect on the suspect. When the suspect continued to approach the deputy, the deputy fired his department-issued firearm, striking the suspect one time, according to the sheriff’s office.

The deputy was not injured.

Langley was treated at the scene and taken to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted on the scene.

At the request of Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Ruthann Dickerson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control continues to investigate.

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