Two dead after pursuit with law enforcement in Christian County

Two people are dead following a series of incidents involving law enforcement early Saturday morning.

According to a social media post from the Greene County Sheriff's Office, the incidents began just before 3 a.m. when an Ozark police officer attempted to make a traffic stop on a white passenger car at U.S. 65 and Missouri 14. The officer suspected the driver was impaired.

When the vehicle failed to stop, Ozark police notified the Christian County Sheriff's Office. Around 3:30 a.m., a deputy located the car in the Highlandville area and attempted a traffic stop. The driver again fled, but this time the deputy pursued, according to the release.

According to the post, the pursuit ended around U.S. 65 and Highway CC where a Christian County deputy performed a "successful Tactical Vehicle Intervention maneuver" after the suspect attempted to run over a deputy.

A male driver and female passenger both failed to comply with commands, the post says, and the man "appeared out of the driver's side window with a firearm and...brandished the firearm at the officers." Officers from the Christian County Sheriff's Office, Nixa Police Department and Ozark Police department all fired their weapons "at the threat."

The post says both occupants of the vehicle are dead.

"This is still an ongoing investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available," the Greene County Sheriff's Office posted. "Investigators are on scene attempting to identify the suspects. Next of kin will be notified once both suspects have been identified."

The Sheriff’s Critical Incident Team is currently on scene. That team is comprised of the sheriffs of Greene County, Christian County, Webster County and Lawrence County.

This article originally appeared on Springfield News-Leader: Christian County law enforcement kills two after vehicle pursuit