Car Chase Suspect: "They Shot An Unarmed Man"

Car Chase Suspect: "They Shot An Unarmed Man"

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44-year-old Michael Sims has been cuffed and booked into Mobile Metro Jail Thursday night. He was shot during a police chase in midtown Mobile earlier in the day.

"They shot an unarmed man. I was hungry and needed food," said Sims.

Sims tells News 5 he stole a laser pointer from Bel Air Mall, leading deputies on a chase that ended at Old Shell Road and Upham Street.

"We heard five gunshots so we got up and locked the door to our office and then police were here, tons of police were here, and it was just kind of crazy," says Gail Waters who heard the shots.

Police tape ropes off the crime scene as investigators piece together what happened. Those who work in midtown Mobile were watching on as the chase came to a stop right outside.

"I saw the cop car go by then I heard about 4 gunshots go off and I saw the cop walking by the car and he started creeping over in front of this store right here and then I saw them pull the guy out of the car and about 15 cops showed up then I went back inside," said Derrick Day.

District Attorney Ashley Rich says she believes the shooting is justified so far. As with any officer-involved shooting an internal investigation has now been launched.

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