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Video shows couple stealing semi with driver inside at Ohio TA truck stop prior to fatal shootout with cops

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Body cam video released by the London Police Department (LPD) out of Ohio shows a tense standoff at a truck stop as two suspects stole a semi truck with the truck driver still inside.

The video was captured early on August 2 after an LPD officer stopped a male and a female in a passenger vehicle for no rear lights or visible registration. The suspects fled the traffic stop on US 42 north out of London to the truck stop, where the exited the vehicle and entered a parked semi truck with the driver still inside.

In the body cam video below, you can see the police response as the couple attempts to drive off with a bobtail truck with the driver still inside.

At the end of the video, you can see the truck flee the truck stop followed by police, striking a police cruiser on the way. No officers were hurt.

Multiple law enforcement agencies pursued the truck to an access road off I-70 near the Dayton International Airport.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol provides an update on how the hostage negation and police standoff ended:

“At 3:23 a.m. the Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team (SRT) assisted the London Police Division for an active hostage situation. Upon the Patrol’s arrival, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was negotiating with the suspects. At approximately 7:30 a.m., the Patrol’s SRT approached the semi in an attempt to remove the hostage. As troopers approached, they were fired upon. Troopers returned fire, striking both the male and female suspects.

The hostage was removed from the truck to a safe area with minor injuries. Troopers re-approached the semi to take both the male and female into custody. Both suspects were transported to the Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with life-threatening injuries.”

Both the male and female suspects died while in the hospital from the gunshot wounds.

The incident is under investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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