The officers were responding to a report of a home invasion in the 7800-block of South Ellis when they spotted the suspects and gave chase. During the pursuit, the police SUV collided with another vehicle driven by Jacqueline Reynolds. The impact of that crash sent Reynolds' car into another car.
"I thought a bomb went off," Tisha Hopson said.
Reynolds was killed. Two officers were seriously injured. The people in the third car were not hurt.
Lavonia Noble-King, a longtime friend who lives in the same building as Reynolds, said Reynolds was on her way to a funeral when she was killed just blocks from her home. She died instantly.
"She never knew what hit her. My consolation is she never had time to be afraid or hurt," Noble-King said.
Noble-King worked at a downtown law firm.
"She loved her job, she loved coming through that door every day," Daniel Rizzo, former colleague, said.
"I thought we would grow old together, like the Golden Girls," Noble-King said. "I guess God seen different."
The suspects fled from the scene, but were taken into custody near 75th and Phillips.