CHIPLEY — A man suspected of a recent crime spree in Mobile, Ala., died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Washington County on Feb. 8, according to reports.
“I’d just gotten home Friday night and gotten my boots off and I was called back out,” said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock. The incident occurred on Interstate 10, and the man died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot, the sheriff said.
Washington County Sheriff’s Officers were advised that Parris Audwin Smith, 46, was armed and dangerous and wanted for a bank robbery, carjacking and robbery of a person in Mobile, Ala.
At just after 6 p.m., officers with Washington County Sheriff’s Office observed a vehicle matching the description of the 2005 Honda Accord that Smith was said to have been driving traveling east on Interstate 10 at approximately 70 mph.
The officers executed a traffic stop in which Smith complied and pulled into the emergency lane. Following the stop, the officer instructed Smith to exit the vehicle and while doing so, the officer observed Smith place a handgun to the right side of his head. Smith paused for a few seconds and then discharged the firearm, which struck Smith in the right side of his head and exited through the driver door window, according to a sheriff’s office report.
The officers approached Smith and secured the vehicle and firearm, at which time they observed Smith was still breathing.
Washington County EMS, who was on scene, administered aid and transported Smith to Northwest Florida Community Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Mobile Police said Smith robbed an elderly woman at gunpoint on Feb. 8, Then stole the woman’s 2005 Honda Accord, according to a report on Fox10tv.com.
Police said Smith broke into the elderly woman's home through a window.
The woman said she returned home just after 2 p.m. When she entered her house, Smith entered the kitchen where he robbed her at gunpoint and fled.
Police said Smith is also wanted in connection with a robbery at a BankTrust that happened Jan. 5 in Mobile, according to the report.
In 1999, Smith was sentenced to 15 years in prison and treatment for drug and alcohol abuse after he pleaded guilty to robbing a bank by force or violence in federal court. Smith stole $2,000 from a Compas Bank in Mobile on April 14, 1999, according to a report on blog.al.com.
Records show Smith, who is from Citronelle, Ala., has previously faced charges of burglary, trespass and receiving stolen property in Mobile County.
On Feb. 8, Washington County Sheriff’s Office received information in reference to a Honda Accord that had traveled through Walton and Holmes County at a high rate of speed.
Smith is currently at the Medical Examiner’s Office.