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Driver charged with murder of Jackson man after police chase

Posted at 9:28 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 10:10:16-04

JACKSON, Mich. — A Detroit man has been charged in connection to a police chase that led to the shooting death of a Jackson man.

Christopher Lee Cavin, 29, faces several charges after the June 3 chase, including second-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, two counts of fleeing and eluding police, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and five counts of felony firearm.

According to a release from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, Detroit police officers attempted to stop Cavin's car around 2 p.m., but Cavin did not pull over. He sped off in his minivan, which did not have a license plate.

Officer's followed Cavin's car on side streets and main roads, before eventually leading to I-75 where Michigan State Police joined the pursuit.

Police say Cavin and his passenger, Kevin Pudick, 41, of Jackson were making gestures as if they were grabbing something near their feet during the pursuit.

Video recorded by a Detroit media helicopter shows officers performing a pit maneuver to spin out Cavin's vehicle.

After officers got out of their vehicles to arrest the suspects, Cavin allegedly began ramming police cars and allegedly drove his vehicle at a Detroit officer to pin him between the car and a concrete wall.

Officers at the scene fired their weapons into the car, striking Cavin and Pudick.

Both suspects were taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where Pudick died from his injuries, police said.

Prosecutors say police later found two loaded handguns, cocaine and MDMA/Ecstasy inside the suspect's vehicle.

Cavin faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Officials say he will be lodged at the Wayne County Jail once he is released from the hospital.

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