The suspect was caught after a head-on crash
A Scio man who allegedly robbed the Rite Aid on State Route 417 in Wellsville was shot at and stopped by four police cars in front of the Napa store.
The Daily Reporter is withholding the name until a press conference this afternoon at 2:30 p.m.
The alleged armed robber surrounded and trapped in a van off the Bolivar Road at 9:45 a.m. Monday morning.
Allegany County Sheriff Deputy Kevin Ross took his county car and rammed it head-on, into the suspect and the van, bringing the dangerous incident to a quick resolution.
Ross was taken to the hospital for observation. The suspect was cuffed. A Bolivar Police car and three Allegany County Sheriff cars were also severely damaged in the escape attempt.
After a negotiation attempt by police, in a “hail of gunfire,” the suspect drove out of the parking lot, careening off at least one police car, making good his escape, heading west on Route 417.
By 10:15, police reported having the man in custody, and Wellsville Ambulance and Wellsville Rescue was called to the scene.
According to police, an armed man, brandishing a handgun and wearing a Red hardhat and an orange coat, fled from the Bolivar Road Rite Aid store, after an alleged robbery attempt.
By 10:15, police reported having the man in custody. The suspect ran from the Rite Aid store to a nearby Rent-to-Own van, located near the Dollar General store, east of Rite Aid and across the Bolivar Road, across from the Tops Grocery.
Former Allegany County Sheriff Deputy Bob Sobeck confronted the man with the orange coat in the Rite Aid store. Sobeck, being suspicious of the man's intent, said he cleared the store of employees and shoppers, concerned for their safety. Sobeck said, when the man came out of store he drew his hand gun. The man then ran out of Rite Aid's parking lot, toward Dollar General and Champion Rent to Own.
As police converged he jumped in a Champion Rent-to-Own van parked in the lot, across from Tops. Within minutes, police called for a negotiator.
Police on the scene included Wellsville Village Police, New York State Troopers and Allegany County Sheriff Dept. personnel, along with University State Police
At 9:55 am negotiators demand he drop his gun and surrender. At 9:59 they asked him again.
He would not respond.
The suspect, after sitting a while in the driver's seat, was seen moving into the back of the van.
Police, meanwhile had cleared all cars out of the Tops parking lot, across the street, as curious citizens began to converge on the scene. Police then shut down the Bolivar Road.
The suspect, who the Daily Reporter has learned to be middle-aged white male and from Scio, got into the back of the Champion Rent-to-Own van, and got back in the driver's seat.
The suspect was asked to put the weapon down, one more time as he began pointing his gun. The suspect began driving the van, at 10:03 a.m. and drove around the Champion Rent-to-Own, around back.
“He has a gun, he has a gun, police yelled ... Put it down, put it down,” they demanded.
The van drove towards the Bolivar Road and the police opened fire, from numerous guns. Many rounds were fired in two main bursts. But the van lurched onto the highway.
The police were in immediate pursuit.
Within a couple minutes of the suspect having fled the scene, police for an ambulance and Wellsville Rescue at the NAPA store, a mile east of McDonalds a few minutes after the van left after the shooting.
Police said on the scene said that there were no shots fired by the suspect and that there were drugs found.