Two officers, suspect injured after cross-county pursuit turns shootout

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WYTHE Co., (WDBJ7) -- Two officers and a suspect are injured after a pick-up truck rammed a Wythe County Sheriff's Deputy and hit a State trooper head-on.

Two officers and a suspect are injured after a pick-up truck rammed a Wythe County Sheriff's Deputy and hit a State trooper head-on.

State Police officials said the incident began around 1:40 a.m., Thursday morning when a State trooper attempted to pull over a pickup truck that had been reported stolen out of Pulaski County.

The stolen pickup truck sped away after the trooper activated his emergency lights, initiating a pursuit.

During the chase, the driver of the pickup truck fired several shots at the trooper's vehicle-- the trooper was not injured. The pursuit continued through I-81 South and into the town of Wytheville where the trooper lost sight of the pickup truck.

At 2:09 a.m., the abandoned pickup truck was located on Barrett Mill Road. K-9 teams and aviation were called to assist with searching for the stolen vehicle's driver.

Around 3:45 a.m., Wytheville Police stopped a "suspicious" vehicle driven by a woman acquainted by the pursuit driver and was looking for the suspect driver.

During the course of the pursuit, authorities said the stolen pick-up truck intentionally rammed head-on into a Virginia State Police Trooper on West Railroad Avenue in Wytheville.

Authorities said shots were fired at the scene by a Wythe County Sheriff's Deputy and a Virginia State Police Trooper.

The name of the suspect or woman has not been released at this time.

Officials said the incident remains under investigation by Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation's Wytheville Field Office

Charges are pending at this time.