Fleeing suspect fires at police, shootout leaves him dead

The incident began in Warrensburg, when Penders was not welcome at the home of a female acquaintance, and he apparently started firing a gun at about 11:45 p.m., police said.

The woman first called the police and reported an "unwanted male" at her home, then called back several minutes later, saying he was shooting at her house, Swan said.

A police officer responding to the call then spotted Penders in his SUV on Schroon River Road, and Penders fled in his SUV, Swan said. The chase continued south on the Northway to Exit 21, and police several times tossed out the spiked sticks into Pender's route, but apparently he dodged them until the final showdown on 9N when his vehicle, driving on wheel rims, veered off the right side of the road.

Penders body was sent to Albany Medical Center for an autopsy, police said.

The last time an officer was injured in a shootout with a suspect was in the late 1970s, when officer Bob Pendas was injured by a bullet from a high-powered rifle, Swan said.

Bartlett is okay, but he's sore and will be off duty for several days, Swan said.

"Ralph's got to heal up from this injury," the undersheriff said. "He's a tough officer, and I'm sure he'll want to come back on duty right away."

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