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H. Rap Brown Arrested After Shootout with U.S. Marshals

HeadlineMar 21, 2000

H. Rap Brown, the former Black Panther leader, was arrested after a shootout with U.S. marshals in connection with last week’s fatal shooting of a deputy. Now known as Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, he was arrested last night in Alabama’s Lowndes County, west of Montgomery. According to an FBI agent, authorities spotted him hiding in a shed, they said, three days after he allegedly killed one sheriff’s deputy and seriously wounded another, while they tried to serve him with an arrest warrant in Atlanta, 160 miles northeast of Montgomery, Alabama. The FBI agent said Al-Amin immediately began firing shots at the team of U.S. marshals who found him in the shed, then ran into nearby woods. Federal and state agents circled him, then released dogs into the area, according to the FBI. Within moments, Al-Amin was arrested uninjured. Several other people were being detained for possibly “harboring a fugitive,” though no charges have been filed, according to the Atlanta police chief. It was not immediately clear what led up to the confrontation in the shed.

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