Manhunt nabs shooting suspect

Published 2:21 am Monday, March 24, 2003

By By James Crawford
News Editor
On Friday morning at approximately 10:54 a.m., the Atmore Police Department received a call concerning a shooting on Liberty Street. Several people who were standing on the front porch of a house reported that a red car drove by and two suspects opened fire from the moving vehicle.
"The red car apparently drove by and started shooting," said Atmore Police Chief Jason Dean. "No one was hit, but there was damage to the house in the form of bullet holes throughout."
According to reports, the vehicle fled the scene and the Atmore Police Department called in the Sheriff's Office and the Department of Corrections tracking dogs to help track down the suspects.
"The two males fled off into the woods, and with the assistance of the Sheriff's Office and the Alabama Department of Corrections, we were able to set up a perimeter. One suspect, 29-year-old David Lee Hudson, was found in the truck of a car behind a mobile home on the East End of Carver Avenue."
According to Dean, the manhunt lasted about one hour when Agent Heath Jackson of the 21st Century Drug Task Force became suspicious of the driver of the vehicle Hudson was later found in and proceeded to make the apprehension. The driver had been delayed at a stop in the search area and was attempting to pass through.
After the arrest, police determined that Hudson was also wanted on three felony warrants, according to Dean.
"This is a suspect who's been on the run for months. He has three felonies on him already from this area," said Dean.
Hudson is currently being held at the Escambia County Jail and is expected to be charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling. The second suspect was still at large at press time, but Dean was optimistic that he would be apprehended fairly quickly.

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