Police: Robbery suspect shoots self during multi-county police chase around Mebane
Posted December 27, 2016
Updated December 28, 2016
Mebane, N.C. — A police chase on Monday night in Mebane ended when a robbery suspect crashed into a wooded area and was taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police said the chase began just after 8 p.m. when a Mebane police officer saw a Jeep Cherokee that matched the description of a vehicle involved in an armed robbery and shooting that morning. The officer confirmed the Jeep was the same one the Orange County Sheriff's Office was looking for, but the driver fled when the officer tried to pull him over.
The suspect drove into Alamance County, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol was called to assist in the chase.
Authorities deployed stop sticks twice, which deflated the Jeep's tires, but the driver was able to continue fleeing, police said. Eventually, the driver brought the car back into Mebane city limits where it ran off the road at 1228 S. Fifth St.
Police said the suspect drove through the property before crashing into a wooded area.
Officers approached the car and found Stephen Tracy Scott suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken to Duke University Hospital, where he was in critical condition.
Police did not know when Scott was shot during the chase.
Warrants have been issued for Scott charging him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and armed robbery in connection with a Monday morning robbery in the 1800 block of Buckhorn Road in which a homeowner was shot several times.