Suspect Shot After Multiple Crashes During Police Chase

FAIRCHANCE (KDKA) — A police chase ended in a crash and a suspect shot in Fayette County.

Uniontown Police chased 59-year-old Steve DeBerry after he fled from a routine traffic stop.

Police chased DeBerry until he crashed into an unmarked police car near the small community of Haydentown. Deberry was shot and was lifeflighted to Ruby Hospital in Morgantown.

Gary Kisko was at his home in Fairchance when he heard a loud crash.

“They were yelling stop, freeze, get out of the car,” Kisko explained. “He backed up, hit the cop, then they shot at him, he swerved and hit a telephone pole and they started shooting again. He took off back down the road and they shot a couple of more times.”

The driver was involved in two crashes during the chase.

Troopers say DeBerry ran a red light and hit a Jeep Cherokee outside of the Fairchance Borough Building. The driver was shaken up, but not injured.

Diana Blystone, a borough employee saw the situation from inside the building.

“We heard the crash then we heard the gunshots go off,” Blystone said. “The driver said she knew she was going to wreck, and she actually thought the police were shooting at her.”

DeBerry then continued on, and about two or three miles later he crashed into the police cruiser where he was eventually shot and taken into custody.

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