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Police: Robbery victims follow, exchange gunfire with suspect

Source: Birmingham Police Department Source: Birmingham Police Department
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A robbery suspect is behind bars on a $200,000 bond after bystanders shot him while he fled the scene.

Birmingham police say Demetria Dinkins, Jr. robbed four employees and a customer at the Advanced Auto Parts in the 5300 block of Oporto-Madrid Boulevard. After he left the store, two people followed him while giving police directions on where he was, police say.

Dinkins stopped his car on Montclair Road and the people heard gunshots allegedly come from his car. That's when the people returned fire, striking Dinkins. Dinkins later hit two other vehicles and disabled his car, according to police.

“We are thankful none of the victims were injured during this incident. As a department, we appreciate citizens who help us and are willing to step up. We caution against following suspects, as it poses a risk to the victims. In this case, the victims felt it was right and we are happy the offender is off the streets again,” Sgt. Bryan Shelton said.

The suspect left just before police arrived. He ended up at St. Vincent's Hospital, where police detained him. Dinkins has previous charges and had an ankle monitor on the entire time.

He is charged with five counts of first-degree robbery.

The two people who followed him will not be charged at this time.

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