A high speed pursuit that began in Killeen ended with gunfire and a drug bust in Coryell County Tuesday morning.
Killeen Police made a routine traffic stop at 10:16 a.m. near the intersection of Root Avenue and Avenue E. The vehicle stopped was a white 2003 Oldsmobile Alero with a male driver and female passenger, police said.
The driver handed the officer his license; but while the officer was walking back to the patrol vehicle, the driver sped off toward Copperas Cove, according to police.
A high speed pursuit ensued down FM 1113 toward FM 580 and eventually ended up on FM 116 going north toward Gatesville. Copperas Cove Police and the Coryell County Sheriff's Office joined Killeen Police in the pursuit.
At times, speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour, deputies said.
A Coryell County Sheriff's Deputy deployed spike strips, which the male driver missed, according to police. As the pursuit passed FM 1783, two patrol units from the Sheriff's Department were set up on the shoulder of the road -- attempting to slow the suspect vehicle until more spike strips could be deployed, according to Sheriff Scott Williams.
Williams said the suspect vehicle veered into the southbound lane and directly toward sheriff's deputies, who opened fire in an attempt to stop the driver and prevent him from running them over.
The vehicle swerved, lost control for several hundred meters, flipped over then crashed into a fence in front of Central Texas Powder Coating at 1370 FM 116. Both the man and woman in the vehicle were treated by EMS for minor injuries and were taken into custody, Killeen Police Spokesperson Ofelia Miramontez said.
The male suspect was identified Tuesday evening as Maliek Heath, who turns 29 Wednesday. Deputies identified the female suspect as Dacia Reyes, 19.
A handgun and drugs were found inside the vehicle, according to law enforcement.
Killeen Police handed the case over to the Coryell County Sheriff's Department, which will handle the investigation.