1 dead, 1 injured following pursuit
A pursuit that started in Kentucky and made its way into Harrison County ended with a woman taking her own life and her husband critically wounded.
Harrison County Sheriff Nick Smith said the pursuit started Sunday evening at about 5 in Breckinridge County. The suspects, Brandon Scott Lewis, 34, and his wife, Alisha Star Lewis, 32, of Mammoth Cave, Ky., were in a black SUV reported as stolen from Louisville. The license plate on the SUV also was stolen, from Bowling Green, Ky. Smith said Brandon Lewis has a violent criminal history and had outstanding felony warrants.
The Lewises led officers from the Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Dept., as well as ones from Irvington and Brandenburg police departments, across the Matthew E. Welch bridge at Mauckport north on S.R. 135 to near the intersection of S.R. 62 at Corydon. Smith said prior to entering Indiana, Brandon Lewis struck an officer’s vehicle.
Police in Harrison County deployed “stop sticks” to disable the SUV, which came to a stop north of Hays-
wood Nature Reserve, before the stoplight with all four tires deflated. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. and Corydon Police Dept. assisted the Kentucky law enforcement agencies once the pursuit reached just outside of Corydon.
Smith said there were “a barrage of bullets from inside the vehicle.” Officers from Irvington and Breckenride County returned fire. Brandon Lewis was injured by numerous rounds.
Smith said Alisha Lewis turned a gun on herself and was pronounced dead at the scene; results of an autoposy Monday indicate she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the temple.
Brandon Lewis was transported to University Hospital in Louisville, where he was listed in critical condition from gunshot wounds.
No officers were injured in the incident.
S.R. 135 south of S.R. 62 remained closed for a time Sunday night while police conducted an investigation.
Smith said a Harrison County detective reconstructed the scene and collected evidence. He used a drone to obtain laser-measured aerial photos. The investigation is continuing.
Smith said no matter what crime was committed, hurting family members are left behind to deal with the aftermath.
“We pray for the familiy who lost a loved one and for any family member this has affected,” he said. “It’s a somber moment.”