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Georgia suspect shot by Florida authorities

October 3, 2006

St. Johns County, FL  --    Florida police shot and killed a Georgia man wanted in connection with a string of deadly crimes along the east coast.  

Police say 37-year-old William Ashby from Georgia led police on a high-speed chase through two Florida counties before he crashed Monday night. They say he began shooting at officers after the collision and they returned fire.

The FBI had issued a warrant for Ashby's arrest because he was suspected in five murders from Virginia to Florida.  They included the death of university of Virginia graduate student Elizabeth Hafter.

She was found dead in Waynesboro, Virginia, near a car Ashby is believed to have stolen In Effingham county, Georgia.

Police believe the crime spree began September 22nd when Ashby stole a vehicle in Savannah and then stole a friend's .38-caliber pistol. 

 Police say the suspect shot a convenience store clerk on Monday before stealing the car. The clerk remains hospitalized.