Officer Evan Burns. Screenshot: KFVS-TV.

Officer Evan Burns. Screenshot: KFVS-TV.

A Caruthersville (Mo.) Police officer was killed early this morning during a chase of a man police wanted for assault and auto theft.

Officer Evan Burns, 28, was killed about 12:30 a.m. after a fleeing suspect wanted by O'Fallon police rammed his police cruiser.

The incident began when Pemiscot County Sheriff's deputies spotted a 2002 Cadillac Escalade heading south on Interstate 55. The O'Fallon Police Department notified sheriff's authorities about a stolen Escalade and reported that the suspect may be armed.

Officers Burns and Richard Altice were attempting to set out spike strips when the suspect struck their cruisers, killing Officer Burns and injuring Officer Altice.

Source: St. Louis Today, KFVS-TV

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