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HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) – A fugitive driving a tractor trailer towed on a Pennsylvania highway trailed authorities briefly and kept them at bay with gunfire for three hours until they eventually shot and killed him, officials said.

The 48-year-old resident of Whiteland, Indiana was wanted for a probation violation in murder, authorities said. Members of a US Marshals Service task force stopped the truck on Interstate 81 early Monday evening.

The driver got out, but the passenger drove off, leading officers on a chase that ended in the town of Hazleton when the truck got stuck in the grass. But he declined to surrender and “intermittently fired weapons” at troopers during the ensuing deadlock, officials said.

The man was shot dead. His name was withheld until his family could be notified.

Pennsylvania State Police and Luzerne County Prosecutors are investigating the shooting.

___ This story has been updated to correct the spelling of the community where the deadlock occurred at Hazleton, instead of Hazelton, and to correct the shooter’s birthplace to Whiteland, Indiana, instead of Whitehead.

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