Missouri couple wanted in multi-state crimes shot in Florida police standoff, 1 dead

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MILTON, FL - A modern-day "Bonnie & Clyde's" on-the-run tour came to an end just outside Pensacola early Friday morning.

Police got into a shootout with 30-year-old Brittany Harper and 30-year-old Blake Fitzgerald, who had been on the run since January 31.

"An armed standoff ensued for approximately 15 minutes.  The suspects refused to surrender.  They then attempted to exit the vehicle and attempted to enter an occupied dwelling," said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

Harper was wounded in the shootout and is being treated for injuries to her leg, but her partner in crime was not so fortunate.  Escambia County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed Fitzgerald.

The Missouri couple was wanted for a string of crimes across at least three states including kidnapping, grand theft auto, and armed robbery.

"We will gather information and use witnesses from Missouri, Georgia and Alabama," said Florida State Attorney, Bill Eddins.

U.S. Marshals say it all began in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where the couple kidnapped a hotel clerk, stole his car, drove about an hour away before releasing him.

"He had the gun in his lap the entire time, but I was just trying to stay calm," said Kyle Dease.

Then, the couple allegedly broke into a house and stole another getaway ride.  Police say the crimes continued into Georgia, all the way down to Florida.

As Harper recovers from her leg injuries, she faces a  long list of charges.  The question is, will she have a leg to stand on in court?