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Robbery suspect in custody after exchanging gunfire with West Palm Beach police officer

Posted at 5:21 PM, Mar 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-05 08:05:16-05

A robbery suspect is in custody Sunday after exchanging gunfire with a West Palm Beach police officer.

West Palm Beach police said Chelsey Fulton, 30, of West Palm Beach robbed the Bud's Chicken and Seafood restaurant, located at 7912 South Dixie Hwy., at gunpoint at 2:52 p.m. Sunday.

An officer located Fulton, who fled when confronted by the officer at 24th Avenue N. and N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth.

"It happened very quickly, and then I sped away very quickly, because we were so close to the officer," witness Gracie Brous recalled. "He was just right outside the window there."

Brous said she was driving on North Dixie Highway when she heard gunshots and saw a car take a sharp U-turn.

"I heard four gunshots and looked right outside the passenger window and saw an officer with his gun drawn, running down the street," Brous said.

Police said the suspect brandished what appeared to be some type of pistol, which they later determined to be a BB gun and fired at the officer. The officer returned gunfire.  

No one was struck by any rounds.

The officer was able to apprehend the Fulton, who is in custody and charged with robbery and aggravated assault on an officer.