Alabama Power security captures armed suspect in Wilsonville - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Alabama Power security captures armed suspect in Wilsonville

Steven Owens. Source: Shelby County Jail Steven Owens. Source: Shelby County Jail
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The search is over for a man who reportedly shot at deputies in Wilsonville.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says 24-year-old Steven Earl Owens was disarmed and apprehended by Alabama Power security officers stationed at the E.C. Gaston Steam Plant.

Owens has been charged with three counts of attempted murder, third degree domestic violence and fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement. He is being held on a bond totaling $227,500.

Deputies and U.S. Marshal Task Force members took Owens into custody around 11:30 a.m.

Owens had entered the steam plant's property and was reported to be armed when found by the security officers.

"He seemed like he was tired. He was very cooperative. He even told us he was armed," said Stan Chapman, one of the two security officers that detained Owens.

Chapman said fellow security officer Sherry Goodwin spotted Owens first and then called Chapman, her supervisor. He rushed to her location.

"At one point, we believed he was trying to make a break for it and run across the roadway. Then Sherry located him lying down on the ground and approached him and we detained him for law enforcement," Chapman said.

The ordeal began when deputies responded to a domestic dispute call around 10:43 p.m. on Sunday night and made contact with the vehicle believed to belong to Owens.

Attempts to initiate a traffic stop led to a pursuit. A patrol unit was damaged in the pursuit and Owens allegedly fired a handgun at pursuing units.

A tire deflation device was used and the vehicle was stopped around 12:33 a.m. Owens then fled on foot.

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