Updating Breaking News: Highway Patrol enters the pursuit of armed suspects in High Springs

Updated at 11:30am: 

The Florida Highway Patrol has now joined the High Springs Police Department, as well as the Alachua and Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in the pursuit of three armed subjects in High Springs.

Updated From 10:30 am

High Springs, Fla. — Alachua County Sheriff’s Office is assisting the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in an investigation of an armed robbery.

They are trying to locate three black males that are believed to be armed.

A vehicle pursuit ended in the area of NW 222nd Street and NW 176th Ave in High Springs. 

Members of ACSO, CCSO, FHP, HSPD obtained a permit in search for the suspects. 

Sheriff’s office are working with School Board Staff and juvenile relations bureau to provide presence at local bus stops. 

Reverse 911 has notified local residents to stay out of the area and encourages anyone who sees any suspicious activity to report it.

Multiple law enforcement agencies are now coordinating efforts to apprehend three armed subjects in the area of NW 222nd Street and NW 176th Avenue in High Springs, according to reports from the High Springs Police Department.

Use caution if you are in this area.

According to an update by an Alachua County Sheriff spokesperson, an armed robbery investigation and car chase resulted in a multi-agency search for three black men, believed to be armed.

One suspect is now in custody.

The Sheriff’s office is working to provide presence at nearby bus stops.

This is breaking news, and an ongoing situation. Mainstreet Daily News will update this story as more details become available.

Updated from earlier reports by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office:

Early Morning Robbery and Shooting Leads to Manhunt

On Monday, March 9, a robbery and shooting at a Vegas One Casino at 4201 S U. S. Highway 441 has left a person shot and started a two county manhunt for the perpetrators.

At about 4:50 am, Deputies responded to the casino due to 911 calls of a robbery and shooting. A nearby deputy saw a vehicle leaving at a high rate of speed and attempted to stop it as other units responded to the casino. The vehicle failed to stop and fled southbound on 441 with units in pursuit.

On scene deputies discovered a male employee at the business suffering from an injury to his upper body. Witnesses at the business reported three masked subjects entered the casino, robbing it and shooting the employee before fleeing.

The victim was airlifted to a Gainesville Hospital; his condition is unknown at the time of this release. 

The vehicle pursuit continued into High Springs where the vehicle stopped near U.S. 441 and NW 222 St, where the suspects fled on foot. Units from High Springs PD, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, FHP, Gainesville PD, FWC, FDLE and DOC joined CCSO as the area was cordoned off and K9 teams deployed. This scene is fluid and search is ongoing. 

The detectives have assumed the investigation and are working with our area partners to apprehend these dangerous suspects, who are possibly still armed. 

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