A Jefferson County deputy fired at and killed a suspect Thursday afternoon while investigating a call for a reckless driver in the area of South Kipling Parkway and West Chatfield Avenue, police said.
The sheriff's office later identified 25-year-old Austin Dunsmore as the suspect who was killed.
According to a Jefferson County press release, someone called the Sheriff's Office to report a black Audi driving erratically, speeding and passing cars on the shoulder on eastbound C-470.The car exited at Kipling Parkway.
A deputies found the unoccupied car in an O'Reilly Auto Parts store parking lot at the southeast corner of South Kipling Parkway and West Chatfield Avenue, the release said. He then saw the Dunsmore walk out of the store and back to the Audi.
According the the press release, the officer approached Dunsmore and repeatedly asked him to stop. Dunsmore ignored the deputy and jumped into the driver's seat of the car.
The press release says there was some sort of confrontation that ended with the deputy shooting Dunsmore. After the shooting, the car traveled across Kipling and came to rest on the west side of the road on an embankment.
Dunsmore was pronounced dead at the scene
The deputy wasn't hurt. Per standard protocol, the deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting.