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One On The Run, Two Arrested After Shots Fired, SWAT Standoff On Olive Road

John Lee Johnson Jr and Hassan Mooer

Two people are in custody and another is wanted after a series of events at an Olive Road store led to shots fired between deputies and suspects both early Saturday morning and again Saturday afternoon.

Here’s what the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office says what happened:

The ECSO responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle parked in the back lot of Blue Angel Groceries on Olive Road and Whitmire Road, near Olive Baptist Church.

When the deputy arrived, he located a suspect sleeping in his vehicle. The deputy observed a handgun and numerous narcotics in plain sight on the floorboard between the suspect’s feet, according to the ECSO.

The deputy woke the suspect and attempted to take him into custody. The suspect exited the vehicle and engaged in two physical altercations with the deputy while attempting to flee on foot. The suspect then returned to his vehicle and reached toward where the firearm was located, forcing the deputy to fire at him.

The suspect escaped on foot. A perimeter was established, but the suspect was not located.

ECSO said a large quantity of narcotics and a firearm were located inside the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was identified as John Lee Johnson Jr.

There were no injuries reported.

During the investigation, one of the witnesses provided a false identity to investigators. It was determined that the witness, later identified as Hassan Moorer, had active warrants for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, larceny, robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with bodily harm and robbery with a firearm.

ECSO said deputies returned to the Blue Angel Grocery looking for Moorer Saturday afternoon, and they were directed to the back of the open store by an employee. When deputies entered the building and announced their presence, they were met with an individual, who was not Moorer, pointing a firearm in their direction. Deputies fired at the individual and were able to secure the area.

The ECSO SWAT Team was activated and arrived on scene. The individual surrendered and there were no injuries. His name has not been released due to the ongoing investigation into the firearm being pointed at the deputies. Per protocol, the deputies have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

ECSO is still looking for Johnson, who is wanted in connection with the morning incident for battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm while in commission of a felony, sale/manufacture/deliver cocaine, sale/manufacture/deliver ecstasy, and sale/manufacture/deliver controlled substances.

Moorer was captured Saturday night. He was wanted for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, larceny, robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with bodily harm and robbery with a firearm.

NorthEscambia.com photos by Kristi Barbour, click to enlarge.

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