Police: Suspect steals SUV, commits 3 carjackings before officer-involved shooting

Man shot by police after multi-county crime spree

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - A multi-county crime spree that started in Wetumpka ended in an officer-involved shooting in Escambia County, according to law enforcement.

Wetumpka Assistant Police Chief Ed Reeves says a man stole a Nissan Armada at the Pace Car Gas Station nearly Highway 231 in Wetumpka on Thursday night.

The SUV was parked at the gas station with the keys and an assault rifle inside.

Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovvorn said the suspect then drove the Armada to Evergreen, abandoned the vehicle and stole another vehicle there at gunpoint. That car was driven to Greenville where the suspect committed two additional carjackings, Lovvorn said.

The first carjacking in Greenville was reported at a gas station off Interstate Drive near the Greenville exit off Interstate 65. The second carjacking in Greenville occurred at another gas station near Walmart.

None of the three victims who were in the cars at the time of the carjackings were injured.

Greenville Police used a device in that vehicle to ping its location, which was near Atmore. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Tribal Police located the stolen vehicle in a parking lot Friday.

Lovvorn says the suspect attempted to run over an officer, who fired a weapon striking the suspect. The suspect, who has not been named, is receiving medical care.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency confirmed it was investigating the officer-involved shooting. According to ALEA, the officer wasn’t injured.

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