Suspect dies, trooper wounded in Atlanta-area chase

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A highway chase in suburban Atlanta ended with a Georgia state trooper being shot and the suspect fatally wounded in an exchange of gunfire.

Georgia State Patrol spokesman Capt. Mark Perry says Trooper Jacob Fields was patrolling Interstate 75 southbound Wednesday afternoon in Cobb County when he saw a Chevrolet Silverado speeding. Perry says that when Fields tried to pull it over, the driver fled.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman Scott Dutton says the driver was 26-year-old Israel Vladimir Rodriguez.

Perry says Fields chased the truck for about 10 miles with two other troopers joining in. The Silverado hit a civilian vehicle and came to a stop.

Perry says Rodriguez got out and began shooting at the troopers, who returned fire. Fields was shot in the leg and abdomen just below his vest, and Rodriguez was hit multiple times in the abdomen.

Fields is expected to recover. Rodriguez died at a hospital.