Suspect In Murder Of Ohio Teacher Arrested

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press Writer

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man suspected of killing four people in the Carolinas was arrested in Texas on Wednesday while driving the sport utility vehicle of one of the victim's, an Ohio teacher.

Quincy Allen, 22, was captured about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday near Colorado City, Texas, after a short chase, said Leon Lott, the sheriff in Richland County, South Carolina.

"He was a spree killer," Lott said. "We believed he would not have stopped until he was arrested or killed."

Allen was wanted in Monday's shooting deaths of two men at a North Carolina convenience store near Interstate 77. A store camera captured Allen shooting clerk Richard Hawks, 53, of Lowgap, N.C., and customer Robert Shane Roush, 29, of Lancaster, Ohio, police said.

Surry (N.C.) County Sheriff Connie Watson said Allen shot the men without any confrontation.

Roush, who was headed to Hilton Head Island to visit a friend, taught social studies and physical education at St. Mary School in Lancaster. He also coached the seventh-grade basketball team and was the school's athletic director.

Lott said the sheriff in Mitchell County, Texas, spotted Allen sleeping in Roush's red 2002 Ford Explorer about 6 a.m. Wednesday at an Interstate 20 rest area.

Deputies were placing spike strips around the vehicle when Allen woke up and tried to drive off. With flattened tires, he led police on a two-mile chase that ended when he crashed into another car, Lott said.

Officers fired shots at Allen, but he was not seriously injured, Lott said.

Allen had Roush's wallet and was armed with a shotgun officers suspect was used in all four killings, Lott said. Allen did not fire the weapon at the officers.

Authorities think Allen was on his way to Mexico. He is in Mitchell County's jail awaiting extradition, Lott said.

Prosecutors in South and North Carolina are discussing who will try Allen first.

Investigators in Texas haven't questioned Allen, but Lott said he has boasted to others about the slayings.

Lott said Allen had sent an e-mail to a Columbia media outlet with his birthday and Social Security number, admitting his role in the killings. Lott would not say who received the e-mail or release its contents.

"He wanted to get famous. He wanted to kill a lot of people," Lott said.

Allen has no violent crimes on his record. "He went from property crimes to murder. We have no clue why," Lott said.

Allen has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, robbery and larceny in the North Carolina shootings.

He also is charged in two other deaths. Richland County deputies say he fatally shot Jedediah Harr last Thursday after an argument in the parking lot of a restaurant.

Allen also has been charged with shooting Dale Evonne Hall, 45, of Columbia, and setting her body on fire next to I-77 early on July 10, the sheriff's office said.

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