A Louisville police officer died Wednesday from injuries he suffered in a crash during a high-speed chase, city officials said.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad announced the death of Officer Nick Rodman at a news conference outside University Hospital, where lines of officers and others waited as his flag-draped body left the hospital.
After the wreck Tuesday evening, other officers pulled Rodman from his burning vehicle and took him directly to the hospital, Conrad told reporters.
The suspect, who was not identified, was involved in the wreck and remains at the same hospital. Conrad said he would be booked on charges including murder, domestic violence assault, wanton endangerment and fleeing police after he is released.
Rodman underwent several surgeries but died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, Conrad said.
“Nick is a hero. He will never be forgotten,” the chief said, his voice breaking.