UPDATE: Leon Co. shootout leads to suspect death

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Posted at 5:08 AM, Jul 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-08 05:41:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- A murder suspect is dead after an early morning traffic stop that ended in gunfire, according to Leon County Sheriff's officials. 

It began around 1:17 a.m. on Monday, July 8. At that time, west Florida law enforcement officials asked Leon County deputies to look for a getaway vehicle used by a murder suspect.

Just before 2 a.m., Florida troopers and Leon County deputies worked together to set up watch posts along Interstate 10. Shortly after, they saw the suspect's vehicle. Law enforcement followed the suspect to the Mile Marker 199 eastbound exit ramp, which connects Interstate 10 and North Monroe Street. During an attempted traffic stop, gunshots were fired from the suspect's vehicle, initiating return gunfire from both law enforcement agencies.

The suspect was shot and taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He later died as a result of his injuries.

The exit ramp was closed due to the investigation. ABC 27 received word that the ramp is now open. Motorists are urged to be cautious in the area.