Fernandina Beach Police Department releases pursuit video

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Press Release
Fernandina Beach Police Department
James T. Hurley, Chief

May 1, 2015 7:08 p.m.

The Fernandina Beach Police Department has released the in-car video from Officer Jason Smith’s police pursuit of the armed robbery suspect that occurred at the Walmart store on Monday morning.

The video, shows the suspect, Randy Lingelbach, recklessly operating a black Dodge Ram truck from the parking lot at Walmart, jumping a curb and sidewalk onto South 14th Street, racing through the Loop restaurant parking lot before crossing an occupied sidewalk onto Sadler Road, and finally crashing through several construction zone barricades blocking Bonnieview Road.

The video being released today ends near the dead-end of Bonnieview Road. The video does not show the point when the suspect put the truck in reverse and managed to get turned around and drive at responding officers that were attempting to take him into custody. During these few moments Officer Smith’s vehicle and camera angle remain facing west, while the suspect drove the vehicle back east on Bonnieview Road behind his vehicle. This period of time is significant to the FDLE investigation and will not be released until their investigation is completed. No responding police camera shows the actual shooting incident.

Although Lingelbach remains in critical condition at UF Health in Jacksonville, his condition has reportedly improved. He is communicative and ambulatory. FDLE Agents were making arrangements to speak with him this afternoon.

The video from several Walmart store cameras which show the confrontation between the suspect and Walmart employees in the parking lot, which was released to the media yesterday. (See below.)

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is continuing to work the investigation as an independent law enforcement agency, at our request and through an established Mutual Aid Agreement.

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