Chase Through Verona Ends In Violent Encounter, Arrest

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. -- A man is in jail after deputies say he stole a car, got into a shootout with deputies, then set fire to a Limestone County home on Sunday.

Ronnie Tyler Gwynn Parker faces five counts of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping and arson, among other charges.

Bullet holes in the windshield and spattered mud on the hood were left on a county patrol vehicle.

"We ended up chasing him through a trailer park, into a field. At one point, they thought they had him hemmed up, he ends up backing into our patrol car and rams it," Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said.

It began Sunday morning when Parker and his girlfriend's car broke down. Deputies say Parker stole a Jeep from an auto shop on Piney Chapel Road.

Sheriff Blakely says Parker managed to lose deputies during a chase, but they were tipped off when Parker showed up at a couple's mobile home on Sewell Road.

"It was obvious this guy was tweaking out pretty bad from meth," Blakely said.

Parker had outstanding warrants and wasn't about to give himself up. As Limestone County deputies started to surround the mobile home, they say Parker grabbed a can of bug spray and set fire to the wall. Once the fire got bad enough, Sheriff Blakely says Parker surrendered.

Despite the shootout and the fire, nobody was seriously hurt in the violent encounter. The couple made it out OK, but the home is likely destroyed.

UPDATE: Suspect is in custody after a standoff. Suspect forced entry into a residence on Sewell Rd. Resident called police and got out. Suspect barricaded himself inside, eventually setting the residence on fire before deputies could get to him. Residence is a total loss.

— Limestone Sheriff (@LimestoneCoSO) October 21, 2018

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According to a Facebook post, the truck was stolen Sunday morning on Piney Chapel Rd. Authorities say deputies attempted to stop the truck but were lead on a chase before Parker eventually backed up into one of the patrol units and started shooting at them.

The deputies returned fire and Parker fled the scene but the truck was later found abandoned in a wooded area off Hwy 127, north of Athens.

A helicopter patrol and tracking dogs were sent out to try and find the suspect according to the post.

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