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UPDATE: Harrowing details emerge from Saturday's high-speed chase

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NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. (KTIV) -
North Sioux City, S.D. police say that a chase that happened over the weekend, which began there, traveled through Iowa and ended in Macy, Neb., started as a fight between a married couple.
 
The person that was shot on Saturday was part of a group that was simply trying to help.
 
Authorities say 38-year-old Eric Johnson of Elk Point, S.D. was arguing with his wife, Melonie, at the corner of Northshore Drive and Military Road in North Sioux City.
 
When Mr. Johnson threatened to shoot his wife, Melonie flagged down a passing car driven by Gary and Mary Olson of Jefferson, S.D.
 
Melonie got in the car and they fled the scene, but Eric Johnson chased after them, firing four or five rounds at the vehicle. Three of those shots struck the Olson's car, with one hitting passenger Shelby Johnson.
 
Johnson then fled as officers took chase - the pursuit went through Iowa and into Nebraska, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.
 
The chase ended on Highway 75 just north of Macy, Neb., where officers say Johnson took his own life after hitting stop strips.
 
Shelby Olson was transported to Mercy Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries to her back.
 
An update on her condition was not immediately available.
 
North Sioux City police say that Eric and Melonie Johnson were having "marital issues."
 
Several agencies assisted in the case, including police from North Sioux City and Sioux City, Iowa, Sheriff's deputies from Union County in South Dakota and Woodbury County in Iowa, and the Nebraska State Patrol.

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A woman fleeing from her husband who had a gun and was threatening to shoot her.  A Good Samaritan who tried to help ends up getting shot herself.  Those harrowing details released Monday morning from North Sioux City Police are shedding new light on a high-speed chase through all three Siouxland states Saturday night, which ended with the suspect taking his own life.

Officers say 38-year old Eric Johnson of Elk Point was arguing with his wife, Melonie, and threatening to shoot her at the intersection of Northshore Drive and Military Road in North Sioux.  Mrs. Johnson waved down a passing car driven by Gary and Mary Olson of Jefferson, who helped her flee.  Eric Johnson then chased after that vehicle, firing several gunshots at it.  Three of the shots hit the car; one striking a passenger, Shelby Olson, in the back.  She went to Mercy Medical Center with injuries described as non life-threatening.

Law enforcement officers took chase, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.  The pursuit came to an end on Highway 75 just north of Macy, Nebraska where officers say Eric Johnson shot himself to death.

The case involved several departments, including police from North Sioux City and Sioux City, Sheriff's deputies from Union and Woodbury Counties and the Nebraska State Patrol.
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