PARIS, Ky. (AP/WYMT) - Police say a Kentucky man who crashed into a tree following a police chase has died.
Kentucky State Police said in a statement that 33-year-old Lucas Vanderpool died Sunday night at the scene of the crash.
Earlier that evening, police received a call from St. Claire Hospital that someone shot Coy Adkins, 55, of Morehead. Adkins was airlifted to the UK Hospital where he was treated and released. Authorities determined that Vanderpool shot Adkins and then left the scene.
During the shooting investigation, police learned of a robbery at the Eagle Travel Plaza Truck Stop in Rowan County. They said Vanderpool committed the robbery with a weapon and took an undisclosed amount of money.
Around 8 p.m., police said Vanderpool committed another robbery with a weapon at the Super Express Stop in Montgomery County, taking an undisclosed amount of money once again.
According to the KSP statement, officers in Winchester then chased Vanderpool's vehicle but backed off due to the high speed of the pursuit.
Police said Winchester officers notified dispatchers in Paris that the vehicle was headed toward the city. Authorities said the crashed vehicle was found a short time later after he crashed into a tree and the vehicle caught fire near a curve in the roadway in Bourbon County.
The crash, shooting and robberies remain under investigation.