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2 people taken into custody after fleeing police

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Two people barricaded themselves inside a car at Kerrville-Rosemark Road and Miller Road in Millington, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the individuals were first spotted on Getwell Road, near I-240. According to law enforcement, Dustin Russell and Joanne Howard were the occupants inside the vehicle.

When deputies attempted to pull the car over, the car continued on and did not stop. Deputies saw someone from inside the car throw a shotgun and t-shirt out of the vehicle during the pursuit. Deputies later recovered the shotgun.

Assistant Chief Floyd Bonner said the chase took 45 minutes. The two individuals ran out of gas. After running out of gas, they barricaded themselves inside the vehicle. 

The barricade lasted a little over an hour. No one was injured. The two individuals walked down the road and surrendered to deputies.

Bonner said the two individuals were taken into custody, but were transported to the hospital first to be evaluated.

Russell and Howard are being charged with theft in relation to some trailer thefts in Bartlett. They also face evading arrest charges.

Early Saturday morning neighbors in Bartlett woke up to discover the trailer once parked in the driveway was gone. Bartlett police have been searching for the two people responsible for taking the trailer and firing shots back at the owner as they escaped. 

A watchful Memphis police officer spotted a couple Monday matching the suspects' description. That led to the short pursuit.

Investigators said they believe the couple is connected to a string of trailer thefts in the area.

"I come to look at the window and I see just the truck, just the lights was flashing but no sounds," neighbor Karen Perez said. "So I went back because I thought 'well they probably just got here' because it was like weekend."

But, Perez was wrong. When her husband left for work a few hours later, he discovered the window on his neighbor's truck was smashed and the trailer was gone.

"My husband works for an assigned company and sometimes he brings it home from his work, but we never have trouble," Perez said.

The crime has left this Bartlett family worried about who may be watching their home and about the items that are left out.

At this time, it is unclear if the couple arrested Monday is the couple behind the Bartlett theft. But, it is one of the many things investigators said they are looking at.

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