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Warren Hardy drew a .45-caliber handgun and brandished it during a pursuit, police say. However, the magazine had apparently fallen out of the gun.

Marion County, Tenn., Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said this morning that deputies and officers with the Jasper and Kimball police departments had some scary moments Sunday as they tried to take an Alabama homicide suspect into custody.

Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said Warren Hardy fled from officers when they spotted him on Highway 28 headed toward Jasper on Sunday. Jasper and Kimball officers joined the pursuit and chase Hardy into Kimball where he crashed and tried to run on foot.

As officers pursued him, Burnett said, Hardy drew a .45-caliber handgun and brandished it. The sheriff said the magazine apparently came out of the gun when Hardy crashed. It was found later in a search of the vehicle Hardy was driving.

Hardy is the suspect in a shooting Friday in a West Huntsville neighborhood that claimed the life of 72-year-old Kathleen Lundy.

None of the officers fired on Hardy, who soon threw the gun aside and was taken into custody, Burnett said.

Hardy is being held at the Marion County Jail on a fugitive-from-justice warrant related to the incident in Alabama.
Burnett said Hardy will face charges in Tennessee related to the chase.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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