Police Chief: We called off pursuit after 62 seconds

Detroit Police Chief says a police pursuit that ended in a fatal crash was called off after just 62 seconds. 

The two suspects were spotted by police in a Chevrolet Camaro around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. One of the suspects was seen with a gun. The car drove off at a high rate of speed upwards of 80 miles per hour down residential streets, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. 

Eventually, officers lost sight of the vehicle after pursuing it, and saw a plume of smoke in the distance. The Camaro had jumped a curb and crashed at a house.

Two children were killed and three others were critically injured in the crash. 

"The officers saw two children laying in the roadway," Craig said. "They made efforts to resuscitate the children, then placed them in their police vehicle and they were transported.

The victim's father was there when the crash happened. He says his son was saved by his nephew, another boy that was hit, when he wrapped his arms around the two other kids and protected them.

A police source tells FOX 2's Roop Raj a cruiser was only going up to 50 mph when they decided to call off the chase. 

Both suspects are now in custody, having sustained only minor injuries.

UPDATE: Taryn Asher has learned Chief Craig says the supervisor claims they attempted to call off the chase, but there is no recording or proof of that. Tune in to FOX 2 News at 5 for the latest. 
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