According to the probable cause statement, the shotgun - a Winchester Model 1200 12 gauge with a barrel shortened to approximately 14 inches - had fresh-looking scrape marks on it from the gravel road. It also had the original stock removed and was equipped with a modified black stock. The weapon was reportedly loaded.

The suspect who fled police south of Camdenton Tuesday afternoon admitted to carrying a sawed-off shotgun, though he ditched it along the road after fleeing police on foot.

Charges of misdemeanor resisting arrest and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon have been filed against A’lex W. Russell, 23, of Iberia.

According to the probable cause statement by state trooper against Russell, the incident began around 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1 on Business 5, north of Lester Road. The trooper observed a red over gray Ford Escape traveling south. A computer check of the registration revealed the license on the vehicle had expired in January 2017 though there were 2018 tabs on the plates. 

The trooper attempted to pull the SUV over, activating lights and sirens. The Escape went over a hill, then turned right onto Lester Road traveling west at a high rate of speed, according to the court document. The trooper followed onto the gravel road, following the SUV’s large dust trail until the road came to a dead end near Highway 5 with the fleeing vehicle nowhere in sight.

The trooper found fresh vehicle tracks though through the grass parallel to the highway. Following the tracks for a short distance, he located the Escape unoccupied, parked in some brush. A black ball cap as earlier observed on the driver hung from a nearby tree branch.

Court paperwork left behind in the SUV was for A’lex Russell. A license photo of Russell matched the subject the trooper had observed driving the Escape as it had gone by, the court document states. Russell had two outstanding felony warrants, according to the probable cause statement, one from Morgan County and the other from Phelps County.

A canine was brought to the scene to track Russell. The scent led into the woods east of Highway 5 towards Cherokee Road. During the search a citizen reported finding a shotgun along Lester Road, just west of Business 5. 

According to the probable cause statement, the shotgun - a Winchester Model 1200 12 gauge with a barrel shortened to approximately 14 inches - had fresh-looking scrape marks on it from the gravel road. It also had the original stock removed and was equipped with a modified black stock. The weapon was reportedly loaded.

Finally around 4 p.m., a male subject later confirmed to be Russell was located on Cherokee Road by another trooper and was taken into custody without further incident. 

Russell complained of neck and leg pain from falling while going through the woods. Transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital to be checked out, Russell was advised of his rights at the hospital around 6 p.m. 

Russell was found fit for confinement, and the trooper transported him to the Camden County jail. On their way there, the trooper asked Russell about the shotgun.

According to the probable cause statement, “Russell hesitated and then said, ‘The deal on the gun is, I know I’m on probation and I can’t have one. It’s a violation of my probation.’ Russell said he had acquired the shotgun several days prior and had got a good deal on it.”

Released to jail staff, he was being held in the Camden County Detention Center with no bond for the warrants in addition to a 24-hour hold for the pending charges in the Aug. 1 incident.

The Ford Escape was towed from the scene and searched. A second firearm - a Diamond Arms 12 gauge missing the stock - was located on the back floorboard, the court document states. Also reportedly found in the vehicle was a bag of shotgun shells matching the type found in the sawed-off Winchester along with a wooden stock that was a match to the Remington shotgun.

Russell has multiple prior convictions related to resisting arrest, including a felony conviction in Miller County in which he received a suspended sentence in January 2017. He also pled guilty in Miller County to misdemeanor resisting arrest in December 2016 with a sentence of 20 days in jail in addition a fine and additional incarceration for misdemeanor driving while revoked and misdemeanor second degree property damage. Russell was convicted of felony receiving stolen property in Phelps County in 2016. Russell received a suspended sentence and was placed on supervised probation. He was also wanted for failure to appear in a drug possession case in Morgan County.