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A suspect in a Walton County armed robbery who repeatedly shot at deputies and troopers chasing him across Interstate 10 was captured in Okaloosa County when his getaway car was disabled by spike strips west of Crestview. Multiple law enforcement agency vehicles were struck by rounds. 33-year old Dallas Francis of 958 Graysen Lane in Defuniak Springs was shot twice after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officials, to include OCSO deputies, as he got out of the passenger side of the vehicle near mile marker 53. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment prior to being booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. (A mug shot is not yet available). The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged the car’s driver, 30-year old Mary Yard of the same Defuniak Springs address, with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and eluding. Deputies say the pair was throwing cash out the window as they fled. Francis is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. He’s a suspect in the armed robbery of a Walton County convenience store Friday morning and has prior felony charges in Ohio ranging from aggravated robbery to carrying a concealed weapon. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is processing the evidence. Additional charges are pending.

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