UPDATE: Killeen chase suspect identified

KILLEEN, Texas - The Killeen Police Department has released the name of a man accused of leading officers on a chase and then barricading himself in a house for several hours.

Officers say they tried to stop 27-year old Jessie Nichols, of Killeen, last Tuesday because he was driving a stolen car.

Instead, they say he drove off and caused an officer to crash.    

Officers say Nichols then ran into a house and stayed there for several hours while police tried to talk him out.

Members of the department's Tactical Response Unit forced their way into the house and took Nichols into custody around 10:00 p.m. that night.

Below is the previous text from this story:

Killeen Police Department's Tactical Response Unit has closed off the 2100 block of Moonstone Drive as they search for a man who led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

Some nearby neighbors did leave the area - they were not evacuated.

This comes after this man led officers on a chase on Tuesday afternoon, where one police unit crashed into a utility pole near Willow Springs Elementary School.

This resulted in the school being placed on lockdown around 3:50 p.m.

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Killeen Police are looking for a person who stole a black Honda Pilot and led them on a chase on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspect wrecked near Willow Springs Elementary School and ran off. This led to the school being placed on lockdown around 3:50 p.m.

There were about 50 students at the school at the time of the lockdown. Everyone has been reported safe at this time.

The district allowed parents to pick up their children and take them home at their request, but did not allow students to leave without their parents. The children will remain inside until police give the all clear.

There is no word at this time if officers have apprehended the suspect.

School Principal Denise Pennington sent this recorded message to parents:

Source: Killeen Independent School District


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