Shots fired in wild chase

ALBION — Two armed robbery suspects are in custody after a wild police chase that included shots fired by police after the alleged robbers tried to run a deputy over, Sheriff Christopher Bourke said.

The incidents began with an armed robbery early Monday morning at Crosby’s in Albion, where the suspect brandished a weapon and demanded cash.

The man ran out the door, got into a car and left the area.

About 10:36 a.m., the man entered Family Dollar on Maple Ridge Road in Medina, displayed a handgun and again demanded cash.

He fled in a small black car with out-of-state plates, Bourke said.

Medina and Albion police, along with Orleans sheriff’s deputies and state troopers searched the area for the car. Albion Police Lt. David Mogle saw the car traveling east on Ridge Road in Ridgeway and gave chase. The car sped through Ridgeway, Gaines and into Carlton.

Bourke said the car was traveling at a high speed, through lawns and ditches in attempts to avoid police road blocks.

At one point, the car drove right at a deputy, who jumped out of the way. Shots were fired at the car as it continued on for several more miles, Bourke said.

The car finally stopped after a wheel came off on Stillwater Road in Carlton, where two people were taken into custody.

The two, a man and woman, were taken in for questioning and are believed to be responsible for a number of robberies and thefts in Monroe and Orleans counties.

Their names have yet to be released and charges are pending, Bourke said.

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