The wave of violent car theft ends with the shooting of the officer in Atmore


At the request of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Special Agents of the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are investigating the shooting of an involved officer on Friday, Jan.8, 2021, with the participation of Poarch Tribal Police.

One person was injured in the shooting and was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

None of the officers involved were injured. Nothing else is available as the investigation is underway.

Once completed, the results will be handed over to the Escambia County Prosecutor’s Office

According to Escambia Co authorities, on January 8, 2021, Poarch Creek Tribal Police officers contacted a car hijacking suspect at Creek Travel Plaza located at 4740 Jack Springs Road in Atmore, Alabama. The suspect is alleged to have committed multiple auto thefts and armed auto thefts that have spread across multiple counties in Alabama. After officers in uniforms and patrol vehicles bearing signs approached, a quarrel broke out, forcing the officers to fire their firearms. The suspect was injured and taken by EMS to hospital for treatment. All the officers involved succeeded in avoiding injury, and we are grateful for their professional and prompt response to such a dangerous situation.

The man who allegedly stole a car in Waitombka is suspected of being involved in a violent crime wave in several counties that ended with the shooting of an officer involved in Atmur Friday morning.

According to Waitumpka Police Assistant, Earl Reeves, the defendant stole a Nissan Armada at a Pace Cars gas station near Highway 231 on Thursday evening.

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

Greenville Police Chief Justin Lovorn confirmed that the suspect drove the Armada to Evergreen, left the car and stole another vehicle at gunpoint.

That vehicle was transferred to Greenville, where the suspect committed two additional car thefts.

The first car theft in Greenville was reported at a gas station off the highway, near the Greenville exit off I-65.

The second hijacking of the car in Greenville happened at another gas station near Walmart.

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

Grenville Police used a device in that vehicle to test the connectivity of its location, which was near Atmore.

Poarch tribal police found the stolen car in a parking lot. Lovorn says the suspect tried to run over an officer who shot the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been named, is receiving medical attention.


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