Fugitive arrested

Published 4:21 pm Friday, April 29, 2016


Pruitt’s vehicle after high-speed chase.

SPRINGHILL – A high-speed chase and two shoot-outs ended Friday afternoon in the arrest of a fugitive wanted in two states for murder and armed robbery.

Raymond Jerome Pruitt, 39, of Montgomery was arrested around 2 p.m. after he crashed the stolen Hyundai Tucson he was driving into the side of the roadway.

Pruitt was wanted on charges of murder and armed robbery from a convenience store robbery in Escambia County, Florida on Tuesday; armed robbery in both Troy and Ozark; two armed robberies in Montgomery; and an armed robbery in Prattville. He also was wanted on charges of attempted murder and domestic violence in Montgomery.

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“At the end of the day, he is in custody and nobody was hurt,” said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr.

Barr said officers received an anonymous tip that Pruitt was in the Troy area. They found his vehicle at the Sunoco station on Highway 87 and observed him leaving the station and entering nearby Southland mobile home park.

Officers attempted a felony traffic stop when Pruitt fled, crashing his vehicle through a chain link fence on Highway 87. Shots were fired at that scene, Barr said.

Pruitt’s vehicle crashed into a truck driven by the chief, then proceeded on Highway 87 towards Enterprise, with multiple officers in pursuit. Barr said speeds reached approximately 100 mph before Pruitt’s vehicle crashed near 6353 Alabama Highway 87.

“He attempted to flee the scene, and additional shots were fired before officers subdued him,” Barr said.

The officer-involved shootings are under the investigation of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Barr said a weapon was recovered when Pruitt was arrested. “We believe it to be the handgun used in the armed robberies.”

Pruitt was transferred to Troy Regional Medical Center for observation and was being held. Charges are pending.

Barr said the arrest was a multi-jurisdictional effort, involving officers from the Troy Police Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Troy University and Alabama State Troopers. The incident remains under investigation by the Troy Police Department and the Alabama Bureau of Investigations.