Late Sunday afternoon at approximately 5 p.m., a police chase that began in Breckinridge County crossed into Meade County. After winding through Brandenburg, the suspects continued across the Matthew E. Welsh Memorial Bridge into Harrison County, IN where it ended just outside Corydon, with one suspect dead and another in critical condition.
Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Bruce Anthony stated the pursuit began near Harned with a possible rolling domestic dispute. Anthony said the intitial pursuit was terminated due to conditions becoming unsafe, but a second pursuit began in the Irvington area where a cruiser was struck and speeds climbed to 100 mph.
At this point it crossed into Meade County and later into Harrison County. The suspects were in a black SUV stolen in Louisville with a stolen Bowling Green license plate. Once they crossed into Indiana, the pursuit was joined by law enforcement from that state as well.
“Our officers, along with the Corydon Police Department, entered the pursuit for assistance to our neighboring brothers from Kentucky,” stated Harrison County Sheriff Nick Smith. The sheriff said the pursuit was terminated when his department deployed stop sticks just outside Corydon near the intersection of State Highway 135 and Highway 62.
When the pursuit terminated, Smith said the male suspect, Brandon Scott Lewis, 34, of Mammoth Cave, started firing at an Irvington police officer that was near the front of the SUV.
“We are happy to say the officers are safe; no one was injured,” Smith reported. “The female passenger, at some point after the pursuit was terminated, suffered a self inflicted gun shot wound to her right temple.”
The female suspect, Alisha Star Lewis, 32, of Mammoth Cave, underwent an autopsy which verified she took her own life. Sheriff Smith stated the male suspect was hit with multiple rounds when officers returned fire and is in critical condition in University of Louisville Hospital at the time of the press conference on Monday.
“There were numerous officers including our agency, Corydon and Brandenburg that were on the scene. They just were not in a location to safely return fire,” stated HC Sheriff Smith. “The training that they had proved very valuable. The officers that could safely return fire did, and that was one Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Deputy and two Irvington Police Department Officers.”
Meade County Sheriff Philip Wimpee verified the chase did cross into Meade County, but once they found out what started the pursuit, his deputies were in a support role only. Wimpee stated they will pursue, but the information they received yesterday did not meet policy and procedure standards for the department to become actively involved in this particular case outside of providing support.
The investigation is still ongoing partially due to the large size of the crime scene and Sheriff Smith said they would update as the investigation progresses.