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THE WOODLANDS A Montgomery County deputy shot and killed a hit-and-run suspect who led officers on a chase that ended in The Woodlands early Sunday.

A deputy tried to stopthe driverof the black Kia just after 3 a.m. to question him about a minor accident on SH 242 near I-45.

Gregory Allen Bridges, 44, refused to pull over and continued east on Research, according to the MCSO.

Other units set up spike strips at the Six Pines intersection and flattened the Kia s right tires, but that didn t stop Bridges. He turned south onto the I-45 feeder road with several patrol cars tailing him. When Bridges turned right on Sawdust, his right tire fell off the rim. He turned into a CVS parking lot, then into the Woodforest Bank lot where he was trapped.

After Bridges circled the lot a few times, a deputy approached his vehicle. The suspect tried to run over the deputy, according to Lt. Dan Morris with the Montgomery County Sheriff s Office. The deputy fired at least three shots into the vehicle, strikingBridges in the chest.

He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in The Woodlands where he was pronounced dead.

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