A supermarket robbery went very badly for an armed suspect. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton reported on December 24th that the suspect who robbed the Sumner Super Market was Barry Mullenix. According to Sexton, the suspect pointed a handgun at a female clerk and stole an undisclosed amount of cash and the clerk’s own handgun. The clerk immediately called 9-1-1 and reported the robbery.
The first responding deputy arrived 2 minutes, 33 seconds later with a second deputy right behind him. In the meantime, a third deputy, driving an unmarked Sheriff’s pickup truck, spotted people getting into a 1995 4-door Toyota at the Mullinex
resident as the dispatcher broadcasted the identity of the suspect. The third deputy made an immediate u-turn and pulled over the Toyota. The deputy drew his weapon and yelled commands to the vehicle to “show me your hands”.
Barry Mullenix instead stepped out of the driver’s side passenger door and shot the deputy, striking him in the upper thigh. The deputy returned fire, striking Mullenix in the chest and killing him.
Also in the fleeing vehicle were Mullenix’s father, sister, and a 3 year-old child. The total time from the initial call to 9-1-1 to the “shots fired” report was 3 minutes, 32
seconds. The distance from the grocery store to the site of the shooting was 215 yards. The tactical distance between the deputy and suspect was approximately 15 – 20 feet.
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