On Tuesday afternoon, January 16th, Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance off County Road 31 north of Highland. When deputies approached the residence in question, a white male, identified by deputies as Randy Earl Moore, was seen with rifle type weapon.
As deputies prepared to approach the suspect, Moore fled into a nearby wooded area. Information received from the complainant suggested Moore’s behavior as concerning and possible violent. Sheriff’s Deputies aided by Lineville Police Investigator Chris Mathews and Ashland Police Officer Michael Harris quickly set up a surveillance around the wooded area Moore was last seen entering. Within the hour, St. Clair Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 Tracking Team was on the scene. Sheriff’s Deputies and DOC Officers spend the entire afternoon attempting to locate Moore.
At or around the 6 pm hour, Deputies were alerted to a possible sighting of Moore. Responding to the area in question, Moore was eventually located and taken into custody without incident.
Moore was charged with Domestic Violence 3rd, 2 counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of fleeing law enforcement. Weapons recovered from Moore was a 30 cal. Carbine Rifle and a 9mm pistol. Moore remains in the Clay County Detention Center.
Sheriff Latham expresses a special thanks to personnel assisting in the apprehension of Moore. When faced with the knowledge that the suspect was armed with a long gun and pistol, law enforcement personnel maintained their professionalism and dedication to eliminate the threat to the surrounding community and keeping our citizens safe. It was with their continuing communication with various family members of the suspect that this incident was brought to successful ending without injury to any personnel.