Crime

'Bonnie And Clyde' Boyfriend Uses Girlfriend As Human Shield

| by Sean Kelly
Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany HarperBlake Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper

The massive manhunt for a Missouri couple, nicknamed "Bonnie and Clyde," ended in a shootout with officers.

Blake Fitzgerald and Brittany Nicole Harper were reportedly involved in a gunfight with police in the Florida panhandle following a long chase (a car chase, then a foot chase and then another car chase). Fitzgerald used Harper as a human shield during the shootout, with the woman sustaining several gunshot injuries. Fitzgerald was killed.

The couple was previously wanted for a string of robberies and kidnappings in Missouri, Georgia, Alabama and Florida, and Harper now faces several charges — including home invasion, robbery, false imprisonment and grand theft auto.

 

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The chase began after an armed robbery was reported at a shoe store in Pensacola, Florida, around 8 p.m. 

Authorities soon began chasing the couple, and gunfire erupted. Though Harper was used as a human shield, she survived the shootout with wounds to her leg and ankle. 

The two were allegedly planning to get married during their Pensacola trip, according to Escambia County Sheriff David Moran.

Sources: AL.com, New York Daily News, WKRG / Photo credit: Daily Mail 

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