Montgomery man shot after high-speed chase

The roadway was blocked for half an hour while the scene was being worked.

A Montgomery man was fatally shot by a police officer Thursday after authorities said he led them on a high-speed chase through Millbrook.

Jae Wesley Hardy, 27, of Montgomery was pronounced dead at the scene after  colliding with other vehicles and showing a handgun when officers approached him, according to Millbrook police chief P.K. Johnson.

At around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, the MPD said an officer tried to stop the driver of a 2008 Dodge 2500 pickup truck after learning the vehicle had been registered as stolen in Prattville and he was carrying a firearm.
When the officer attempted to make contact with the man, police said he got out of the truck, entered a 2000 GMC 2500 pickup truck and drove away on Highway 14. Johnson said it was later discovered the second truck was registered to the man.

Authorities said the suspect continued driving west, reaching speeds in excess of 90 mph, before colliding with three vehicles near the intersections of Highway 14, Kelley Boulevard and Interstate 65.

When the vehicle came to a stop, police said the man produced a handgun as officers approached him. One officer fired at the man.

Because Hardy was armed, Johnson said the officer who fired at him reacted as he was trained to. No other injuries or deaths were reported.

“I am extremely thankful that our officers were able to go home to their families and that no other citizens were injured or worse as a result of this individual’s actions,” Johnson said. “This situation could have been avoided if the individual had just stopped and complied with the officer’s commands to stop.”

Johnson said the case has been turned over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s State Bureau of Investigation, which he commended along with the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office, the Prattville Police Department and the Wetumpka Police Department for their assistance.