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In a statement issued this evening, the Tallahassee Police Department said gunshots were fired early Thursday morning outside of the Cheeks Sports Bar and Lounge after an 18-year-old man sped away from police in a car.

Duane Erick Strong, 18, died after a car crash and shooting just outside of the West Tennessee Street bar.

TPD Chief Michael DeLeo said police are waiting on a pending autopsy to determine how strong died and whether he was shot.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m., when officers pulled over another vehicle on the street next to the bar. During that stop, shots were heard nearby, which caused officers to run over to the area in the Cheeks parking lot, where they found Strong inside his Dodge Charger.

They tried to contact the driver, 18-year-old Duane Erick Strong, who refused and immediately sped away toward the exit of the parking lot. Officers chased on foot.

Strong's Charger hit a parked car and nearly hit an officer.

According to a witness, police say, officers then fired weapons.

His car then went out into White Drive, where it was hit by a marked police car in an attempt to disable it. The vehicle veered off the road and crashed.

EMS performed CPR until he was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

As is standard protocol, the following officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues: Officers Clay Fallis, Derek Hawthorne and Kirk Watson.

Check with Tallahassee.com for more on this story.

Update: 3:21 p.m.

The Tallahassee Police Department and Chief Michael DeLeo will issue a statement at 5 p.m. in regards to the shooting at the Cheeks Sports Bar and Lounge early this morning.

Check with Tallahassee.com later for updates.

Original Story:

A bar patron was killed in a shootout with Tallahassee Police officers as club-goers filed out of a club on West Tennessee Street this morning.

The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. as officers were ushering cars out of the Cheeks Sports Bar and Lounge parking lot on West Tennessee Street at White Drive. TPD regularly helps with traffic when large clubs like Cheeks let out.

Officers went to the back end of the parking lot after hearing shots come from there.

"The officers that arrived on scene, several of them were involved in a shooting incident with a patron of the club," said Officer David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department.

He said all officers are okay but, ""unfortunately, one of the persons that were engaged in the gun incident has been declared deceased at this time."

That person's identity was not released by police.

Much is left to be released including how many patrons were involved in the gun fight, how many officers were fired shots and at how many people, and whether it was indeed an officer's bullet that killed that man or woman.

"At this point I only have information on the one person. There is no reason to believe we have outstanding or persons that we're looking for that may be injured." Northway said.

Chief Michael DeLeo has been notified of the situation, Northway said.

DeLeo, who is just 5 months on the job, already dealt with an officer-related shooting that left a robbery suspect dead May 12.

In that instance, DeLeo placed six officers on administrative leave, all were cleared of wrong doing just last week by a Leon County grand jury.

"We have a protocol that is always put in place for any incident where shots are fired by an officer or by people at officers, things like that," Northway said. "Paid administrative leave will take effect once we clear the scene here today."

The last time someone was killed by a TPD officer before this month was 2006.

It's not the first incident at Cheeks this year.

A man was shot five times outside the club as it let out about 4 a.m. April 11. Two men are facing attempted murder charges in that case.

Assistant State Attorney Jack Campbell was on the scene this morning. The state attorney's office normally presents officer-related shootings before a grand jury.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call TPD at 606-5800.

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