MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The suspect in the Oct. 5, 2014, shooting of a Montgomery police officer has entered a guilty plea before his trial was set to start. Matthew Lawrencereno Wright agreed to enter a plea of attempted murder, armed robbery, and carjacking. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison Monday.
What started as a quiet Sunday morning quickly mushroomed into an intense manhunt involving local, state, and federal agencies across multiple states. Wright was inside the Eastern Boulevard Walmart that morning when Officer Robert Hubbard responded to the store on reports of shoplifting.
The suspect shot Hubbard three times, including once in the neck, before rushing from the store. In the parking lot, he then stole a woman's vehicle at gunpoint and fled the state.
As crews worked to save Hubbard's life, Wright fled the state at high speeds before finding himself in a chase in Louisiana that topped 120 mph.
Deputies said he drove through a police road block and tried to run over a La. police officer. Despite being shot at least once and crashing his stolen vehicle, Wright managed to steal a second vehicle at gunpoint. He was ultimately caught by tracking dogs after a second crash sent him fleeing into the woods.
Despite being caught less than nine hours after the shooting, it took more than a year-and-a-half before Wright was extradited back to Alabama to face charges in April 2016.
Officer Hubbard survived the shooting and later returned to the police force.