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Detroit's Most Wanted Captured: Jacob Labelle, convicted in 2018 Ann Arbor shooting, arrested in Chicago

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 08:30:52-05

(WXYZ) — One man's mission to outrun police has come to an end.

Detroit's Most Wanted fugitive Jacob Labelle was arrested Friday in Chicago thanks to a viewer tip.

Labelle was convicted in the 2018 Ann Arbor shooting that critically injured a delivery driver. He attended his trial back in November, but actually took off just as the verdict came down finding him guilty for assault with intent to murder and gun charges.

The violent shooting happened in downtown Ann Arbor right across the street from the University of Michigan, and the U.S. Marshals say with the arsenal Jacob Labelle had – it could have been much worse.

Surveillance video captures it all - a busy May night here at State and University across from the Diag as delivery driver Mike Ridder makes his final stop at a Walgreens.

"This is right in the heart of Ann Arbor," said U.S. Marshals DFAT supervisor Aaron Garcia.

That's when Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Doby says 26-year-old Jacob Labelle realized his car was blocked in and demanded Ridder move the truck.

"He swings his backpack around, he has this Louis Vuitton backpack the whole time, he swings it around in front of him and starts rummaging in his bag and in his bag he has a glock pistol," said Doby.

You can see the gun in Labelle's hand in surveillance video from the Walgreens in Ann Arbor.

"At that point, he racks a round into the pistol, raises the pistol and fires one shot which hit Mike just below the sternum," said Michael Doby, Washtenaw County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

In the video, you can see the shocked victim walk into frame as his shirt fills with blood.

"Just the blood loss alone, two and a half liters of blood, it would have killed him," Doby said. "He had a softball size cavitation through his body."

Police arrive almost immediately. Bodycam footage from Ann Arbor Police Officer Eric Chinn shows he was one of the first officers to arrive on scene.

"The first officer from the scene Eric Chinn had some combat experience overseas," said Michael Doby. "And carried a chest seal which the detective said he's gotta be the only officer in this county that carries a chest seal."

An ambulance arrived moments later.

"He’s rushed to U of M, he’s got emergency surgery at the trauma unit right away," said Doby.

Ridder survived.

As always, there's a cash reward for any information leading to the arrest of any of Detroit's Most Wanted. You can call the U.S. Marshals anytime at (313) 234-5656.