Driver killed in I-71 South police chase identified: Photos

Father shot dead in front of family after chase on I-71

MEDINA, Ohio -- The driver who was killed after he allegedly led police on a high-speed chase along I-71 South early Tuesday has been identified.

WKYC confirms that Roy D. Evans, Jr., 38, of Lorain, was shot and killed by an officer after leading police on a chase.

According to the Strongsville Police Department, the chase started at 2:26 a.m. when officers tried to stop a vehicle on Pearl Road for an undisclosed traffic violation. Their pursuit came to an end in Medina County on I-71 South near Route 3.

"One Strongsville officer fired at least one shot, killing the male driver of the vehicle," according to Jill Del Greco of the Ohio Attorney General's Office, which leads the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A woman and three children were also in the vehicle. None of them were hurt.

"BCI is investigating to find out exactly what happened that led to the officer to fire," Del Greco continued. "In cases involving the death of an individual, investigations typically take several months because it often takes that amount of time for the coroner to provide us with the decedent's final autopsy and toxicology results."

No officers were hurt, but two Strongsville cruisers sustained damaged.

While investigators worked at the scene, authorities closed I-71 South in the area for several hours before reopening the roadway at 7:50 a.m.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene, including BCI, the Medina County Coroner, Medina Police, the Medina post of the Highway Patrol and Strongsville Police.

See photos from the scene:

We streamed live video from the scene on the WKYC Facebook page for several hours:

Evans has a criminal history, including a two-year prison term from November 2014 to September 2016.

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