Wilsonville armed suspect in custody

FROM STAFF REPORTS

WILSONVILLE – On June 23 at approximately 11:30 a.m., the suspect at large in Wilsonville was apprehended.

Steven Earl Owens was declared “armed and dangerous,” according to a news release from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Owens was taken into custody on three charges of attempted murder.

On Sunday, June 22 at approximately 10:43 p.m. Shelby County 911 received a call from a Wilsonville resident reporting a domestic dispute, according to the news release. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area, at which time they made contact with a suspect vehicle they believed to be involved.

Deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, which led to a traffic pursuit. During the pursuit the suspect vehicle damaged a patrol unit and reportedly fired a handgun at pursing units. The vehicle was stopped by use of a tire deflation device at approximately 12:33 a.m. on June 23. The suspect then fled the scene on foot in the area of Alabama 25 and Avery Road.

Owens was allegedly armed when he was encountered by Alabama Power security officers stationed at the Wilsonville Steam Plant. The security officers apprehended and disarmed him.

Sheriff’s deputies and members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force then responded to the scene and have taken Owens into custody.