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Vehicle Pursuit and Death Investigation in Pulaski County

Date of News Release: 07/06/2014

(LONDON, KY.) - On Saturday July 06, 2014 at approximately 9:48 PM the Pulaski County 911 center received a call of a reckless driver on KY, HWY 80 in Somerset. The vehicle was described as a white BMW convertible. Shortly after a Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement Officer observed the BMW operating in a reckless manner on KY, 80 and activated his emergency equipment in an attempt to stop the vehicle and the operator of the BMW later identified as Lonnie S. Walls, 50, of Smyrna, TN accelerated and continued traveling west on KY, 80.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated and Walls continued traveling west on KY, 80 for approximately (2) miles were he lost control of his vehicle and struck another motorist traveling in the same direction causing Walls to strike the concrete curb damaging his vehicle. After his vehicle came to a rest Lonnie Walls exited his vehicle armed with a handgun and shot himself in the head.

Walls was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pulaski County Coroners Office from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

KSP Detective Billy Correll is continuing the investigation and was assisted by KSP Detective Ryan Loudermilk, Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement, Somerset Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff's Office.