Suspect identified in hit & run, chase and fatal shootout

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The suspect in a hit and run collision, high speed chase and fatal shootout with police is now being identified. Jason Alan Arsenault, 30, of Newton, Ala. was killed Monday night while involved in a shootout with officers in Dothan. One Houston County Sheriff's deputy was injured with a gunshot wound to the arm.

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The incident started after Dothan police officers responded to the scene of an accident with injuries at the intersection of John D. Odom Drive and West Main Street. Witnesses on the scene said the driver of one vehicle fled the scene.

Investigators say officers found Arsenault's vehicle in a parking lot on West Main Street a short time later. The called for negotiators to come to the scene when Arsenault put a gun to his head and stepped out of the vehicle.

Officers reported that before they could speak to the man, he got back into his automobile and fled down Main Street. Sheriff Andy Hughes said the suspect was seen brandishing a firearm from the window of his vehicle as he drove down Main Street. He was pointing it at officers and other citizens.

A high speed chase started and continued north onto Ross Clark Circle where officers forced the vehicle pursuit to an end using a Pitt maneuver.

The officer who initiated the Pitt maneuver, a technique that requires bumping the suspect car near the rear axle to disable it, crashed his cruiser in the median directly beside the suspect's car. Arsenault is then said to have stepped out of his vehicle where he pulled his weapon. Numerous shots rang out from officers, but it was not immediately known if Arsenault fired his weapon.

The suspect was struck numerous times, according to Hughes, and was declared dead a short time later at an area hospital.

A deputy sheriff was wounded when a bullet struck his arm. Hughes called the injury "minor", though the officer was still transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation has now taken over the case as a matter of policy since an officer was involved in a shooting.


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