MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) --One person is dead, and a local police officer hurt in an unusual and tragic incident overnight.

It happened in Trinity Gardens during a police chase.

Mobile County Sheriff's officials say one man is dead and a Prichard Police officer hospitalized after both were struck by another police car.

Blue lights lit up the early morning sky in a Trinity Gardens neighborhood after the deadly end to a chase.

Investigators say Prichard Police Officer Simeon Beeson tried to pull over James Buford for a traffic violation, that Buford refused and a chase began on Highway 45.

Police say Buford's car hit a ditch and he ran.

Officer Beeson chased him and caught him.

But Prichard Police Officer Jay Wilson responded for backup, and struck Beeson and Buford.

Officials say Buford was killed and Beeson taken to the hospital.

Albert Tolbert lives near the corner of Butler Street and Carter Avenue, where police say the suspect's car wrecked.

Yellow markings are still on the ground nearby.

Tolbert says he saw the lights flashing through his window pane.

He said, "I looked out the window and there was a wrecker that was right here and he was pulling a car on the sled."

Tolbert didn't know what happened until we told him.

Another person in the neighborhood said he didn't see anything, but heard something.

He said, "There was just a loud noise, man. I heard "beep." It sounded like police sirens."

Even people who weren't awakened Tuesday morning learned something terrible had happened.

One said, "We heard about it this morning, but I wasn't around this way."

When asked what she thought about the incident, she said, "It's crazy. The world has gone crazy."

Sheriff's officials say they've finished their investigation on the response by Officer Jay Wilson and there will be no criminal charges against him.

No word on officer Beeson's condition.

EARLIER STORY:

A police officer was injured and a suspect killed when they were struck by a police car after a chase that began in Prichard early Tuesday and concluded a short while later in Mobile's Trinity Gardens, according to authorities.

The Mobile County Sheriff's Office, which is assisting in the investigation, issued the following statement later Tuesday morning:

"On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at approximately 1:30 am, Prichard Police contacted us to assist with a traffic fatality involving a suspect. Mobile Police Department is handling the traffic investigation.

"Prichard Officer SIMEON BEESON attempted to pull over a JAMES BUFORD for a traffic violation. BUFORD refused to pull over and a pursuit was initiated on Highway 45 near Interstate 65 in the city of Prichard. The pursuit concluded when BUFORD struck a ditch at the intersection of Butler Street and Carter Avenue. BUFORD bailed from the vehicle and fled on foot running north on Butler Street. Prichard Police Officer BEESON began chasing BUFORD and made contact to begin arrest procedures whenever backup Prichard Officer Jay Wilson responded and struck Officer Beeson and suspect BUFORD with his vehicle. JAMES BUFORD was pronounced dead on the scene and OFFICER BEESON was transported to a local hospital.

"Mobile County Sheriff’s Office has concluded our investigation on the responding Prichard Officer JAY WILSON. There will be no criminal charges against Prichard Officer JAY WILSON. At this time, Officer Wilson is still hospitalized with his injuries."

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