One dead following chase in Fayette County

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One man is dead following a police pursuit in which someone fired at a state trooper in Fayette County, according to state police.

Police said the incident began at 11:45 p.m. Friday when state police tried to stop a vehicle containing two occupants. Earlier in the day the passengers fled from an officer with the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources who was conducting an investigation on Riverside Drive in Dunbar.

The state police pursuit began on West Crawford Avenue in Dunbar, continued onto Bute Road and ended when the Ford F150 crashed at the intersection of Bute Road and North Gallatin Avenue in North Union. During the pursuit, multiple rounds were fired at a state trooper and two other troopers were nearly struck before the crash, police said.

The two occupants fled and forced their way into an unoccupied residence on Center Avenue in North Union. Police established a perimeter around the residence.

One occupant, Jessica Lynn Phillips, 28, of Buckhannon, W.Va., left the residence and surrendered without incident. The other, Donald Ray Brown, 53, also of Buckhannon, was found dead in the residence of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Ms. Phillips was arraigned on charges that include attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, aggravated assault, escape, prohibited offensive weapons, and reckless endangering another person. She is being held at the Fayette County Prison on $1 million bond.

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