Man armed with AR-15 leads deputies on multi-county chase

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said a three-county crime spree began Monday morning in South Bloomfield in Pickaway County, south of Columbus.

Deputies said a man stole a vehicle and a rifle and then used the weapon to carjack another victim and swap vehicles. Deputies said the suspect was no doubt armed and dangerous and said they could not risk letting him get away.

The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office said Clint Allen, 27, took a white pickup truck and an AR-style rifle.

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Witnesses told dispatchers they saw him crash the truck in the area of Marcy Road in Fairfield County before running to another house and taking a black pickup truck.

The witness followed Allen and updated dispatchers where Allen was before losing sight of him in the area of Rock Mill Road and Lithopolis Road.

"He's committed a carjacking with a semi-automatic rifle. We're going to take this matter very serious," said Franklin County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jim Gilbert.

Franklin County deputies joined the pursuit and at U-S 33 and Gender Road after a Fairfield County deputy spotted Allen.

Deputies deployed stop sticks at Frebis Avenue and Parsons Avenue in an attempt to safely stop him.

Instead, Allen broadsided a red pickup truck driven by an innocent bystander.

Deputies said after the collision, Allen took off running to a nearby house where he pounded on the back door and tried to open it.

Law enforcement arrested him at gunpoint and said they recovered the semi-automatic rifle on the ground just a few feet from the suspect's truck. Chief Deputy Gilbert said the evidence suggests he did not plan to go down without a fight.

"It appears he attempted to grab it as he was running. I don't know if he dropped it? It's clearly outside the truck, a few feet away from the truck, which is indicative of him grabbing it and trying to take it with him, said Gilbert.

The suspect is behind bars in Pickaway County.

Authorities do not know what motivated Allen but said it appeared he was under the influence of narcotics.

Medics rushed the innocent bystander injured in the collision to Grant Medical Center. Investigators said the victim is expected to survive her injuries.