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Manhunt ends, suspect accused of shooting at deputies in custody

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. – A large manhunt in central Alabama came to an end safely Monday, as a man accused of leading deputies on a chase and shooting at them was arrested.

The search took place in the Wilsonville area of Shelby County.  Steven Earl Owens was caught on the property of the Wilsonville Steam Plant.  Alabama Power security guards caught him and disarmed him.

Owens is charged with three counts of attempted murder.

Birmingham television station ABC 33/40 reports Shelby County 911 received an emergency call about a domestic dispute on Sunday night. Deputies responding to the call tried to stop a vehicle around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Deputies say the driver, Owens, damaged a patrol car and also fired shots at them with a handgun.

Deputies stopped Owens’ vehicle around 12:30 a.m. Monday but he got away, ABC 33/40 reports.   During the search, Owens was considered armed and dangerous.


  • nuclear mike

    When I now see the pictures of our “militarized” police & sheriff/deputies I recall this analysis from a very good source:

    “Militarizing police and SWAT teams. The DHS routinely hands out six-figure grants to enable local municipalities to purchase military-style vehicles, as well as a veritable war chest of weaponry, ranging from tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, assault weapons and combat uniforms. This rise in military equipment purchases funded by the DHS has, according to analysts Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, “paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams.” The end result? An explosive growth in the use of SWAT teams for otherwise routine police matters, an increased tendency on the part of police to shoot first and ask questions later, and an overall mindset within police forces that they are at war—and the citizenry are the enemy combatants.”

    • Michael

      Might I recommend a recent book which I’m almost finished with? Check out Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces by Radley Balko. It’s absolutely appalling.

  • Say What

    What good is having a handgun unless you can use it as designed — to shoot at people that you have problems with?

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