Police Apprehend Suspects Who Fired Shots at Cruiser

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Authorities say they have apprehended two suspects who robbed a convenience store early Monday morning before firing shots at a police cruiser as they were fleeing, Fox 8 News reports.

According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, Christopher A. Miller, 28, and Bradley M. Harvey, 25, both of Akron, Ohio, are currently charged with felony counts of aggravated robbery in connection with the alleged crime.

Doak says at 12:07 a.m. Miller drove to the Circle K store on SR 44 in Rootstown Township. Harvey waited at the vehicle pumping gas, while Miller allegedly entered the store armed with a weapon.

Miller pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and ordered a customer inside to the ground before demanding the store’s clerk to give him the money in the cash register.

Doak says the clerk was struck in the back of the head with the gun by Miller for not responding quickly enough. As the clerk was getting the money, the customer fled the store.

After receiving the cash Miller ran from the store and drove from the scene with Harvey.

Doak says his office received a 911 call from the robbery scene a short time later and deputies quickly identified the vehicle on the road.

A brief chase ensued and the vehicle slowed to a stop at which time Miller fired multiple rounds at the deputy as he sat in his cruiser. The cruiser was hit with at least one round, said Doak.

After the shots were fired, the pursuit continued and the suspects eventually crashed their vehicle on Rock Spring Road in the Charlestown Township area. They then fled the scene on foot into the Ravenna Arsenal.

Both were apprehended, without incident after a search of the area by the Portage County Sheriffs Office, Ravenna City Police, Ohio State Patrol, Metro Swat and the Ohio State Patrol SRT team.

Both men will be arraigned on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM at the Ravenna Courthouse. Additional charges are expected pending a review by the Portage County Prosecutors Office.

(Fox8.com Reporter Ted Achladis contributed to this report.)