Robbery suspects fire at LPD

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 7, 2007

DIXONS MILLS &8212; A Linden Police officer pursuing a vehicle believed to be involved in a robbery reported in Dixons Mills dodged bullets from the suspicious vehicle.

At around 10 p.m. Thursday night, Linden Police were in pursuit of a vehicle that matched the description of a SUV that was seen leaving the scene of a robbery at Walker&8217;s Grocery.

According to Sheriff Jesse Langley, Linden Police reported the vehicle just south of Linden and were in pursuit. Interim Police Chief Scott McClure of Linden confirmed that there were shots fired at his responding units.

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Langley said the chase continued up Highway 69 and then onto Highway 80 east towards Faunsdale. Backup units were called from Demopolis Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff&8217;s Department, Perry County Sheriff&8217;s Department, Hale County Sheriff&8217;s Department, Tuscaloosa Sheriff&8217;s Department and Tuscaloosa Police Department, he said.

After backup units responded, the vehicle was found wrecked near the intersection of Alabama Highway 25 and County Road 12, where the suspects, two black males, had abandoned their vehicle and continued to flee on foot, Langley said.

According to McClure, there were approximately 30 units securing the perimeter, which was just outside of Demopolis city limits in Hale County, but they were not able to locate the suspects with the aid of search dogs from Tuscaloosa Police.

Langley said Friday that the search was called off at about 3 a.m. that morning and there have not been any promising leads in the case.

The Marengo County Sheriff&8217;s Department is continuing to investigate the case.