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Suspect leads cops through 3 county chase, fires at deputies

Posted at 9:02 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 09:02:51-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A suspect wanted for stealing a truck led authorities on a high-speed chase through several Florida counties, firing several shots at deputies until he was apprehended.

Florida Highway Patrol officials say 22-year-old Travis Duane Lovett tried to run over two Citrus County Sheriff's deputies after they tried to pull him over Sunday. They followed Lovett into Hernando County where authorities say he fired three rounds from a back window of the vehicle at the deputies. One bullet struck a trooper's front windshield.

The chase continued into Sumter county where authorities say they were able to stop the suspect, causing him to flip the vehicle several times.

Lovett was ejected from the truck and airlifted to the hospital. His condition was not known.