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Armed Robbery in Madison Ends in High Speed Chase, Crash

Randal Nigel Durrah
Posted at 12:15 PM, Jan 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 13:47:59-05

MADISON, FL (WTXL) - Two men are in custody after Madison County deputies say they robbed a grocery store at gunpoint and then shot at deputies during a car chase.

According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office Deanthony Torell Roundtree and Randal Nigel Durrah were arrested Sunday night.

A deputy says he saw a black man with a hand gun and a black bag walking through the Winn-Dixie parking lot around 10 p.m.

Officials say the man ran to a nearby apartment complex and got into a vehicle as the deputy chased him and called for back-up.

At the same time, a call was made to 911 saying the Winn-Dixie was robbed at gunpoint. A description of that suspect matched the man deputies were chasing in the vehicle.

Deputies say when the chase crossed the intersection of U.S. 90 and Marion Streets, the suspect fired shots at the following deputies. Two of the law enforcement officers returned fire.

The chase ended when deputies say they forced the vehicle off the road, causing it to his an electric power pole.

The passenger in the vehicle tried to run but was caught by a canine deputy named Onyx.

Roundtree is charged with attempted murder of law enforcement officer, using a firearm during the commission of a felony and fleeing to elude police.

Durrah is charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and using a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Deputies also say that Roundtree was a manager at the Winn-Dixie.

Officials say a large amount of cash taken from the robbery in addition to two firearms and ammunition were found inside the suspect's vehicle.

A firm representing Winn-Dixie released a statement Monday, "We are taking this matter very seriously because the trust and safety of our customers and associates is our highest priority. We are grateful that no one was injured in this incident and we thank the Madison Police Department for their timely response and heroic efforts.”