Whitman police arrested Rockland resident Allen Warner, 47, after he tried entering a Dunkin’ Donuts drive-through in the wrong direction Tuesday afternoon while driving a flatbed truck he had allegedly stolen from T&K Construction firm.
Warner was the subject of an intense manhunt Monday night after he allegedy shot his estranged wife Shana, 48, who later died of her wounds at South Shore Hospital. The shooting, in Marshfield, forced residents in a large section of the town to shelter in place as a State Police Helicopter aided officers on the ground searching a wooded area near where the shooting occured.
Whitman, where he was arrested, is about 18 miles away.
Plymouth County DA Timothy Cruz said in a press conference Monday that Shana Warner called police at around 6 p.m. Monday to report that her husband was following her car. She was in the process of divorcing him. Published reports indicate the couple had been divorced twice and that Shana had been in the process of divorcing him for a third time.
Investigators believe he drove to Marshfield with the intention of finding her.
According to published reports, Dunkin’ Donuts employees were not sure what was happening the next afternoon when Warner was seen driving the wrong way in the drive-through. Whitman officer Mark Poirier stopped the truck, got Warner out and placed him under arrest, Cruz said at a follow-up press conference Tuesday afternoon.
“I’m really pleased that this ended peacefully, that nobody else got hurt and I want to thank the community, the press and the collaborative effort of all the law enforcement agencies that worked on this,” said Marshfield Police Chief Philip Tavares.
Whitman Police transported the suspect to Marshfield Police. He was scheduled to be arraigned on a murder charge in Plymouth District Court Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Marshfield was locked down in a four-mile radius of the shooting, as police launched Monday’s manhunt.
At first they thought he [Warner] had fled on foot and were searching the woods, but it turns out he was earlier chasing his wife in a vehicle on route 3A. She called 911 and was found shot in the face off the road.
Residents did not know, until about 10:15 p.m., from TV news that police no longer believed Warner was in the area.
Residents were told it was an active shooter situation, and to lock doors and remain inside, from roughly 5:50 to 10:15 p.m. Some people got robocalls, but non-residents visiting Marshfield, didn’t. those that didn’t get robocalls took to Facebook to express their displeasure.
(Correspondent Abram Neal contributed to this report)