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Kansas City police chase ends with fatal shooting

Kansas City police say a man died in a shootout with police after a low-speed chase along an interstate.

Police say the chase began early Tuesday when Independence police tried to stop the driver.

Officers followed the man into Clay County and Kansas City, in a pursuit with top speeds of only 35 mph. Stop sticks slowed the vehicle but the driver continued for several miles.

Eventually, he got out of his vehicle on Interstate 435 in eastern Kansas City. Police spokesman Steven Young says the man pointed a gun at officers and began firing. Officers returned fire, killing him.

None of the officers was seriously hurt.

The shooting caused police to close parts of Interstate 435, which was expected to cause major traffic backups during rush hour.

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