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Man wanted for firing shots at police shoots, kills himself on I-75

Police chase of Ronald Foster ends with a crash that shut down I-75 southbound (Mike Williams, WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The man accused of shooting at a Springfield Township police officer on Nov. 5 is apparently dead after a police chase and crash. Police on the scene confirmed the driver is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. City manager Harry Black confirmed it is Ronald Foster.

Police say a man matching Foster's description went to an impound lot on Spring Grove Avenue Wednesday afternoon. They believe Foster was trying to get a vehicle that was part of the investigation into that exchange of gunfire at a Kroger in Springfield Township on Sunday.

Officers chased the car on city streets before Foster drove onto I-75. The chase ended when his car crashed into another near Ezzard Charles. Police believe the other driver was not hurt.

As police approached Foster's car, they found him dead from an gunshot wound to the head.

"It’s a tragic circumstance, but it could have been worse. We could have had an officer forced to take a life and be forced to live with the consequences of taking a life or he takes the life of an innocent citizen or a police officer," said CPD Lt. Col. Paul Neudigate. "We believe they were picking up a vehicle that we held as part of the investigation at the impound unit. We received information that he was going down there with a female to pick up that van. That’s when Springfield officers observed someone who looked like Mr. Foster, who everyone has been looking for."

Foster's mother doesn't believe that her son shot himself. She believes that the cops did it and set him up.

"He was going to turn himself in, he was going to meet with my brother. My brother. That’s the only one that can get through to him," said Susan, Foster's mother.


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