911 call released from Walmart robbery

Suspect Randy Lingelbach is in Nassau County Jail

New booking photo of Randy Lingelbach
New booking photo of Randy Lingelbach

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – The Fernandina Beach Police Department released 911 calls from an armed robbery at Walmart that ended in a police chase and shooting.

The caller states an armed robbery is in progress and two employees and a patron were assaulted.

LISTEN: 911 call

Based on what she observes, the caller believes the offender was armed with a knife as she saw him slashing at the employees and customer.

Police said the suspect, Randy Lingelbach, 32, tried to walk out of the Walmart on 14th Street with a television in late April.

When a loss prevention officer and assistant store manager who tried to confront him, Lingelbach threatened them with with a syringe, got into a pickup truck and sped away, according to police.

Police chased the truck, which turned out to be stolen, at speeds of up to 80 mph, with the pickup busting through construction barricades and making U-turns on Bonneview Road. He became trapped by police, rammed a police cruiser near Russell Road and landed in a ditch when he tried to make a U-turn.

As he continued to try to get the vehicle free, an officer fired shots, hitting Lingelbach one time in the head. He was airlifted to UF Health Jacksonville.

Lingelbach is now in custody at the Nassau County Jail.

No officers were hurt. The officer who fired the shot was not named.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement continues to investigate this incident.