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St. Petersburg Police Justify Chase That Injured Six

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St. Petersburg, FLA. (CBS Tampa) – A police chase that ended Tuesday night with the suspect dead and six others injured may not have been necessary.

Police officers searched for Kenneth Gordon Davis Jr. after he allegedly snatched a woman’s purse on Friday.  Police chased Davis’ vehicle Tuesday night, but the pursuit ended in a multi-vehicle crash.  Davis died at the scene and six others were hospitalized from injuries.

The St. Petersburg Police chase policy implies that officers should consider calling off a chase if the suspect is identified and may be located in a safer manner.

The police knew Davis was the suspect.  His criminal record includes several counts of dealing stolen property and grand theft.

St. Petersburg police say the chase was justified, but officials are investigating the pursuit.

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