UPDATED @ 11:00 PM 8:10 PM DEVELOPING Auburn Police Officer Shot - Manhunt UnderwayRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 15 2019 8:12 PM
AUBURN, Ala. —
A manhunt is underway after an Auburn police officer was shot Friday night, WVTM 13 has learned.
The officer was shot outside a Dollar General store on Opelika Road. The condition of the officer is unknown at this time.
UPDATED @ 8:25 PM
Lee County Alabama Sheriff has sent out a TWEET "BOLO AUBURN SHOOTING SUSPECT - Occured in Auburn, Dollar General parking lot. Suspect driving a silver 2006 Jeep Liberty with Alabama tag 6AB5267. White male wearing a camo hoodie.
UPDATED @ 8:31 PM
From TEXT RICKEY STOKES (334) 790 - 1729 sources in Auburn, a suspect has been identified. UNOFFICIALLY FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES, but the suspect is identified as Christopher James Wallace. He is reported to be from Eufaula.
The officer was shot multiple times. He is reported to have been conscious on the scene and is UNCONFIRMED BY AUTHORITIES in surgery at this time.
The suspect is reported to have a female with him. He is considered armed and dangerous.
NOTE: The picture has been put out by the Opelika - Auburn Newspaper as the suspect.
UPDATED @ 9:15 PM
Law Enforcement Officers are all over the area searching for the suspect(s) in the shooting of the officer.
On the scene and in the area officers from Auburn Police, Auburn Campus Police, Opelika Police, Lee County Sheriff, Lee County District Attorney, Alabama State Troopers.
Eufaula Police Chief and members of Eufaula Police Department and Barbour County Sheriff and members of Barbour County Sheriff Deputies are in full force searching for the suspect.
UPDATED @ 9:22 PM
UPDATED @ 9:41 PM
In the article from WSFA officials from Auburn are quoted as saying:
According to police, around 5:30 p.m. Friday officers were responding to a business robbery on Dean Road and had a description of a vehicle. The officer stopped the vehicle on Opelika Road near Dollar General, and when he approached the vehicle he was shot multiple times. The vehicle then fled the scene.
The officer was transported to a hospital. Police say he was alert and talking.
UPDATED @ 9:46 PM
The Auburn Plainsman reports Auburn Police have given an "all clear" on the campus of Auburn University.
UPDATED @ 10:17 PM
UNCONFIRMED by authorities, AGAIN UNCONFIRMED by Authorities, but sources have said the police officer shooting suspect has been taken into custody by law enforcement. We are working on confirmation. Remember we are in Dothan and this is in Auburn.
Sources close to the investigation and law enforcement have been TEXT RICKEY STOKES (334) 790 - 1729 throughout this event. We are waiting on updates.
Information we have authorities are preparing for a news briefing.
AGAIN, UNCONFIRMED by authorities at this time.
We are also informed the armed robbery was not at Dollar General but is where the officer made the traffic stop of the suspect(s) and they fired on the officer.
Again, that information we are working to confirm all of the details.
UPDATED @ 10:41 PM
Still can not confirm anyone in custody. No media outlet or agency information is releasing that at this time. We do understand residents have heard gunshots. So we are getting mixed information at this time. We are doing our best to be careful what we release until we confirm for sure.
UPDATED @ 11:00 PM
The Auburn Plainsman is reporting the suspect and female are possibly dead. They are believed to have died in a fire at an apartment complex on Wire Road as police confronted them. The police deployed tear gas and distraction devices.
Reports are when police confronted the suspect(s) at the complex on Wire Road the suspect(s) shot at police. The officers used distraction devices and tear gas. The suspects refused to exit the apartment as it was catching fire.
Police can not say what caused the fire at this time.
Captain Dorsey of Auburn Police say the officer that was shot is in stable condition at this time.
The incident ended with dozens of shots fired ( TEXT RICKEY STOKES - was told 200 shots fired ) near Auburn's Veterinary School and an apartment complex near the area.
UPDATED @ 11:15 PM THE AUBURN PLAINSMAN
Updated at 10:55 p.m.
Auburn police have given an all clear after a dramatic manhunt for a suspect believed to be responsible for shooting a police officer in Auburn Friday night. The suspected suspect is dead, police say.
The incident ended with dozens of shots fired near Auburn's Veterinary School and an apartment complex near the area. The shooting suspect is believed to have died in a fire at the apartment on Wire Road and Stonegate Drive as police confronted him, police said.
After the chase, when police confronted the suspect at the complex in Wire Road, the suspect shot at officers. Police deployed tear gas and distraction devices. Police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey said the suspects refused to exit the apartment as it was catching fire.
Police identified the suspect as Christopher James Wallace, 38. Wallace is not from the Auburn area, police said.
Police could not say at this point what caused the fire.
"While attempting to make a tactical entry into the residence, the suspect shot at officers, who returned gunfire," Dorsey said at 10:50 p.m. press conference. "Two uninvolved occupants exited the residence uninjured and were detained. After being ordered to exit the apartment, the suspects failed to do so. Tear gas and distraction devices were deployed into the residence; however, the suspects refused to exit. Shortly after, a fire erupted inside the apartment. Officers continued to secure the area; however, the suspects never emerged from the apartment, which became fully engulfed in fire. The suspects are believed to have perished in the fire."