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Justin Compton Killed In Chase With Police

Last updated on Thursday, June 28, 2012

(SEELYVILLE) - Vigo County law enforcement Wednesday confirm a wanted fugitive was killed by police following a brief foot chase and stand off.

Law enforcement officials say that Justin Compton attacked police with a knife. Police then returned fire. Compton died at the scene.

A K-9 search for Compton started just before 9 p.m. Wednesday by Vigo County law enforcement.

Compton, 26, was at the Vigo County Courthouse for a sentencing three weeks ago.

When he exited the courtroom, he jumped from the second floor rotunda, and then fled the building.

Detectives were told Compton is suffering from a terminal illness and fled because the sentence he received was longer then his life expectancy.

This is not Compton's first run-in with law enforcement. Compton has been arrested at least 15 times previously.

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