Phenix City police arrest second suspect involved in shooting

benw@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 19, 2013 

Update: The second robbery suspect, allegedly involved in a police pursuit in Phenix City that ended in the shooting death of his accomplice, has been arrested.

Officials said Friday morning that Cudarion Demarco Long, 19, had been arrested as a result of the ongoing investigation into an armed robbery on 8th Street in Phenix City, Ala., Thursday morning.

Long's alleged accomplice, 33-year-old Cimarron Lamar Lamb, was shot and killed by police after the pair first fled from police in a white Buick and then fled from their vehicle on 16th Avenue.

What initiated the gunfire is under investigation by the ABI.

The robbery remains under investigation by the police, Phenix City Police chief Ray Smith said.

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Phenix City police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect Thursday after the man was cornered in a yard on 16th Avenue, authorities said.

The dead man has been identified as Cimarron Lamar Lamb, 33, said Russell County Coroner Arthur Sumbry Jr. Lamb was transported to Midtown Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m. His body will be sent to the Department of Forensic Sciences in Montgomery on Friday for an autopsy.

A second robbery suspect is still on the loose, police said.

Police Chief Ray Smith said three officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay while the shooting at 16th Avenue and 13th Place is under investigation by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. All three officers discharged their weapons, he said.

Police Capt. Frank Ivey said officers were responding to an armed robbery in the 12th Court and Eighth Street area about 10:52 a.m. after the victim called police. The victim said two men fled in a vehicle after the robbery.

The victim also said there was a weapon involved in the robbery. Police were checking the area when a vehicle matching the description was spotted around 12th and 13th Place and 16th and 17th Avenues.

Officers attempted to stop the car before a 10-minute chase ensued around in circles. The car stopped in the 16th Avenue area and both suspects jumped out, fleeing on foot.

“One of the suspects was located at a house hiding under a vehicle,” Ivey said in a statement. “Officers gave the suspect verbal commands to surrender, he refused and the officers had to use deadly force.”

That’s where the three officers discharged their weapons, but it’s unclear what initiated the firing. “What’s under investigation now is officers involved in discharging their weapons,” Smith said.

What initiated the gunfire is under investigation by the ABI.

The robbery remains under investigation by the police, the chief said.

Ivey said Lamb was free on bond for a previous robbery charge and had an outstanding fugitive from justice warrant.

The home of Jimmie Bonner was the scene of the shooting. He had been at work for about 10 minutes when he was called about a shooting and his home sealed off with yellow police tape. “I have been getting calls all morning,” Bonner said.

Bonner said he found what appeared to be a gunshot in the hood of a 1994 Nissan Sentra parked in front of his home. The car also had a shattered rear window.

Bonner said no one was home when the shooting occurred.

“I’ve got two young grandkids living with me,” he said. “My daughter had taken them to school.”

Bonner said he also found his front door damaged but he hasn’t talked to police yet to determine what happened.

Adam Carlson contributed to this story.

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