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Mississippi Sheriff shoots out car tire, catches "Handsome Guy" Bandit

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Photo: CHERIE WARD/The Mississippi Press Photo: CHERIE WARD/The Mississippi Press

The Tyler man that FBI agents are calling the "Handsome Guy" bandit was captured Tuesday when a Mississippi sheriff shot out his tire.

Forty-four year old Steven Ray Milam was wanted for attempted capital murder because investigators say he opened fire on Richardson Police Officers during a hold-up Saturday.

Authorities say they believe Milam is responsible for half a dozen bank robberies in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area.

With the help of our sister station WLOX in Southern Mississippi KLTV shows you how Milam was finally caught.

The hunt for Steven Milam both started and ended with gun shots.

In this dash cam video from Saturday's bank robbery you see Milam in the bottom right hand of the screen.

"He's pointing a gun at us," says one officer. As Richardson Police Officers maneuver their vehicle, they're sprayed with bullets.

"Shots fired! Shots fired!" an officer yells.

And Milam was gone. That was until Jackson County authorities ran the plates on his vehicle. They say they tried to pull Milam over, but he wouldn't stop-- prompting a chase.

"I got up next to the vehicle and I made the decision that he didn't need to go any further to keep anyone else from possibly getting injured. I made the decision and shot out the right rear tire a approximately 85 miles per hour," says Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd.

The tire went flat and Milam was put in the back of the patrol car, "When the officers began to approach the man in the car he began to consume a large number of pills of some sort, then he was taken into custody and treated for the consumption of those pills," says Kevin Perlich from the Richardson Police Department.

Jackson County Officials say Milam began vomiting in the backseat and was taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula Mississippi. 

"We're going to hold him until the FBI gets a federal warrant to us where they will come take custody to him," says Sheriff Byrd.

Sheriff Mike Byrd says inside the car they found an undisclosed amount of one-hundred dollar bills.
The car, according to a Dallas County search warrant, is licensed to Milam's wife.
The Executive Vice President of Bank of Tyler tells us Milam's wife is an employee there, but hasn't been at work this week.

The two had recently purchased a home in the Richardson area. A search warrant for the home says inside police found U.S. currency, firearms, clothing and masks believed to be used in the robberies.

"He may never tell us why he chose to do it. It doesn't appear he had a drug problem, it looks like he just wanted to live a lavish life style," says Perlich.

While the investigation continues, authorities are sure of one thing, "When you have someone who has killed a law enforcement officer or tried to kill a law enforcement officer it's personal so it was very important that we stop him," said Sheriff Byrd.

Milam now faces charges in both Mississippi and Texas. Authorities say he will continue making his recovery at the hospital in Mississippi and should be brought back to Texas by the end of this week.

If you'd like to view the search warrants and arrest affidavit click HERE.

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