SEMINOLE, Ala. (WALA) - CHASE ENDS IN SHOOTING
Angie Thrower is still shaking.
From a window in her Seminole store she witnessed the violent end to a high-speed chase right across the street.
"My heart was racing," Thrower told us. "We had kids in here, so we took the mom and the kids to a stock room so nobody got shot at and we all hit the floor."
The story started with a call to Robertsdale police Tuesday morning.
The caller said a man was armed with a gun and threatening suicide at the Bethel Baptist Cemetery. When police arrived the man took off down Highway 90 and led cops on a chase in excess of 90 mph.
The chase ended when deputies deployed a spike strip on Highway 90 that disabled the suspect's truck, which ended up in the parking lot of Uncle Bubba's Country Store in Seminole.
ARMED AND DANGEROUS AND UNIDENTIFIED
Sheriff Mack said the man was armed with a rifle as he ran into the store and his deputy had to make a decision to protect the people inside.
"One deputy fired one shot from his shotgun. The individual continued on into the store and collapsed," Mack said.
The shotgun blast hit the man in the chest. He was taken to Scared Heart hospital in stable condition. No one else was hurt.
It could have been much worse.
"In this situation we knew that we had an individual that was being told to us that was unstable, that was armed, that was about to go into a store where there were other individuals. A situation doesn't get much more dangerous than that," Mack said.
The sheriff's office said the suspect is a white male in his early forties, but at this point, they are not releasing his name.
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