After Fleeing Police, Melvin Spencer Opened Fire On A Sheriff’s Deputy That Caught Up To Him
Sioux City, Iowa – Melvin Spencer is on trial for attempted murder of a Woodbury County Sheriff’s Deputy, and officials have now released video of the gunfight in February when Spencer opened fire on the officer.
The jury in Spencer’s trial was in deliberations on Friday, according to the Sioux City Journal. If convicted, Spencer faces 25 years in prison. Spencer, 25, of Sioux City, pleaded not guilty.
Police had tried to pull over the car containing Spencer and two other people at 3:20 AM on Feb. 26. Brittney Hood, 27, was driving the car and sped off, according to the Sioux City Journal.
Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Lenz spotted the car and pursued them until the Spencer’s car got stuck in a ditch. As Deputy Lenz approached in his patrol vehicle, Spencer leaned out of the driver’s side window and fired at the police car.
Spencer then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Police caught him three hours later in a field after Iowa State Patrol aircraft spotted him near a tree line. Hood also left the car and ran into a field but was apprehended.
A male passenger who also left the car was shot and crawled out of the car and was arrested at the scene. The male received non-life-threatening injuries.
Hood was also arrested and pled guilty in April to misdemeanor charges of eluding and interference with official acts. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $250.
Deputy Lenz was not injured, but his car was hit by gunfire five times.
Watch the gunfight between Spencer and Deputy Lenz below. The shooting starts at the 7:25 mark of the video.