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Weekend police chase began with road rage shots fired at kids, say authorities

It ended with an exchange of gunfire between police and the suspect.
Rudy Toler, 41, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault after police say he led...
Rudy Toler, 41, is charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault after police say he led officers on a chase.(Harrison County Sheriff's Dept.)
Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 11:48 AM CDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Authorities are still investigating a pursuit Saturday that ended with officers shooting a suspect.

It all began Saturday afternoon after police received a call about a road rage incident in an unincorporated part of Long Beach after authorities received reports that a man had fired multiple shots at vehicle containing four juveniles.

The suspect, who has been identified as 41-year-old Rudy Toler, then led police on a chase into Gulfport. The pursuit came to an end at 37th Avenue near West Railroad with shots being exchanged between officers and the suspect.

Authorities were involved in a pursuit that started in Long Beach, but ended in Gulfport...
Authorities were involved in a pursuit that started in Long Beach, but ended in Gulfport Saturday afternoon.(WLOX)

Toler was struck by the gunfire and taken to the hospital with a non-life threatening injury. He was released the same day and booked into Harrison County Jail on four counts of aggravated assault on an officer and one count of felony eluding.

No officers were injured during the exchange of gunfire. Long Beach Police Chief Billy Seal confirms that four of his officers are now on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, which is standard protocol. No officers from Gulfport Police Department were involved in the exchange of gunfire, said Gulfport Sgt. Jason Ducre’.

A $250,000 bond on each aggravated assault charge and a $25,000 bond on the eluding charge has been set.

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