Robbery suspect leads police on chase
A New Albany man died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after leading law enforcement officers from eight agencies on a high-speed, three-county chase Monday evening.
The man was a suspect in an armed robbery in the New Albany area Sunday that was investigated by police in Floyd County. He was believed to be driving a silver sedan.
At about 7 p.m. on Monday, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. received a report of a person breaking into a shed in the Green Meadows Trailer Park along Angelo Road north of Corydon. Information received also believed that this was the suspect from the Floyd County investigation.
Just as Harrison County Deputy Nathan Ranke arrived at the trailer park, the suspect, identified as William McCarty, 43, of Corydon, attempted to leave the area in a silver Chevrolet Impala.
After numerous verbal attempts to convince McCarty to stop, McCarty fled the area, traveling north on S.R. 135 before going west on Interstate 64. Harrison County deputies, along with an officer with the Corydon Police Dept., Indiana conservation officers and Indiana State Police, joined in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
As the pursuit continued westbound at speeds reaching 120 mph, a state trooper attempted to deploy a tire deflation device at the 86-mile marker but was unsuccessful. The pursuit traveled through Crawford and Perry counties, into Dubois County, where Ferdinand police deployed tire deflation devices, flattening the sedan’s front right tire. The suspect exited I-64 at the 63-mile marker (Ferdinand exit) and re-entered I-64, now traveling east.
Ranke, who drove ahead of the pursuit, deployed a tire deflation device near the 72-mile marker in Perry County, flattening the remaining three tires on McCarty’s car. McCarty continued east to the 79-mile marker (Tell City exit), where he slowed down to cross the median in a paved crossover.
That’s when McCarty killed himself with a single shot from a handgun. The vehicle then coasted across the westbound lanes of I-64 and stopped north of the roadway.
McCarty was pronounced deceased by the Perry County coroner.
The incident is under investigation by detectives with the Indiana State Police.
Also assisting in the pursuit were Indiana conservation officers, officers with the Crawford, Perry and Dubois County Sheriff’s departments and officers with the Corydon and Ferdinand Police departments.