3 Lenexa officers injured, suspect fighting for his life after car chase & shooting

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LENEXA, Kan. -- Three Lenexa police officers were hurt, and a suspect is recovering in the hospital after a car chase and shooting Tuesday night.

According to a Lenexa police spokesperson, around 7:30 p.m. officers were chasing a driver in a stolen vehicle. The driver wouldn't cooperate with officers and hit three police cars near 87th and Maurer Road. That's when an officer shot at the vehicle the suspect was driving.

Lenexa police said they are unsure of the number of shots fired at this time but know it was more than once.

The suspect then drove away from the scene, and the chase ended near West 81st Place and Bittersweet Drive.

At least three officers were taken to the hospital for observation, but Lenexa police tweeted none of them suffered serious injuries.

Lenexa police said officers performed life-saving measures on the suspect, who was taken to the hospital with a critical gunshot wound.

Police said the Johnson County Officer-Involved Shooting Investigation Team will be leading the investigation.

The suspect could face a number of charges including aggravated assault.

"(ramming into cruisers) That would constitute an aggravated assault or battery depending, again I don’t know all the details," Officer Danny Chaves said. "If an officer was struck in that course, if they were in the vehicle, next to the vehicle when it got hit, but at the very minimum we’re looking at aggravated assault charges, potentially more depending on intent."

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