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Police: Lee Co. shooting suspect captured

Matthew Bruce Page (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office) Matthew Bruce Page (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)
Page's vehicle stuck in the ditch (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM) Page's vehicle stuck in the ditch (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM)
Page's vehicle stuck in the ditch (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM) Page's vehicle stuck in the ditch (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM)
Page's vehicle (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM) Page's vehicle (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM)
Page's vehicle (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM) Page's vehicle (Credit: Annie Hubbell/WTVM)
SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) -

After being on the run for two days, 25-year-old Matthew Page, of Phenix City, now sits in the Lee County Detention Center.

Thursday afternoon, Lee County Sheriff's investigators received information Page might be driving in the Smiths Station area.

Around 3:30 p.m., investigators and deputies with the U.S. Marshals service tried to pull over a vehicle matching the description, but it led to a chase down Lee Road 249 and ended when the car ran off the road and became stuck in the dirt.

"The driver got out with a handgun and of course was immediately identified as Matthew Page. After about a 50-minute standoff, negotiation period, he surrendered his weapon and himself and was taken into custody without incident," explains Sheriff Jay Jones of the Lee County Sheriff's Department.

Lee Road 249 was closed to drivers for about a hour as neighbors tried to see what was going on from a distance.

"I was going to Columbus on Lee Road 249 to Lee Road 318 when police stopped me and told me to get back and go quickly," says Warren Mclelland.

Page was wanted in connection to a shooting that happened in Smiths Station last month.

Deputies tried to take him into custody Tuesday on Lee Road 208 that resulted in gun fire and Page fleeing the scene.

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

"We are very glad to get him off the street and Lee County is just a little bit safer this evening," explains Jones.

Page was transported to the Lee County Detention Center on outstanding warrants and faces additional charges in connection to his run in with lee county deputies on Tuesday.

See also: Officials searching for Phenix City man in connection to shooting

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