Officials searching for Phenix City man in connection to shooting

Officials searching for Phenix City man in connection to shooting

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Officials are searching for a Phenix City man wanted in connection to a shooting in Smiths Station last month.

On Tuesday, May 12 shortly before 11 a.m. CST, Lee County deputies received a tip that Matthew Bruce Page, 25, was at an address on Lee Road 208 (also known as Cofield Drive) in Phenix City.

Three Lee County deputies went to the residence and located Page sitting inside a vehicle armed with a handgun.

Deputies ordered him to exit the vehicle and surrender. He then raised his handgun up and began to accelerate the engine, moving forward.

The Deputies engaged Page, firing multiple rounds toward the vehicle. Page then drove out of the yard at which point a chase was initiated but the deputies lost contact with Page.

A short time later, deputies located Page's abandoned car on Magnolia Drive in Phenix City.

Page has an outstanding warrant for shooting into an occupied dwelling that occurred on April 27 in the Smith Station community.  The warrants were signed for his arrest on May 6.

Page had reportedly made statements that he would shoot any law enforcement officers who attempted to arrest him or take him into custody.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office assisted by Russell County Sheriff's Office, Phenix City Police Department, Alabama State Troopers and Fish & Game are now actively searching for Page.

"This is a situation where he threatened the lives of deputies and as a result they were trying to protect themselves and others from this individual that is now at large and we hope to have in custody as soon as possible," said Sheriff Jay Jones with the Lee County Sheriff's Department.

He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.  He is described as a white male standing 6 feet tall and weighs 195 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

At the requests of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, the Opelika Police Department is conducting the investigation into the shooting.

Page should be considered to be armed and dangerous. Do not attempt to contact or apprehend this individual.

All citizens should contact their local law enforcement if they have any information about his whereabouts.

Please contact the Lee County Sheriff's Office at 1-334-749-5651 or Lee County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-522-7847.

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