Police capture Texas fugitive accused of shooting Georgia deputy

A fugitive from Texas who is accused of shooting a Whitfield County deputy sheriff Monday has been captured by police.

On Monday, a Whitfield County deputy was shot during a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle near the Whitfield County-Gordon County line. This triggered a manhunt for two suspects, one of whom was captured Tuesday in Whitfield County.

The intensive fugitive operation covered a large area in southern Whitfield County and northern Gordon County. The manhunt continued, around the clock, into Wednesday. The search ultimately involved over 150 local, state, and federal officers from several agencies.


Georgia State Patrol helicopters were continuously deployed, along with ground teams and officers mounted on ATVs, as were search dogs from many jurisdictions.

At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, deputies and officers responded to the report of a gunshot wound victim at Cline Road/Airport Circle. The individual was removed by ambulance and is reported to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital. The area was rapidly cordoned off by officers and the manhunt intensified.

At about 10:30 p.m, the fugitive 29-year-old Dalton Lee Potter, was located in a heavily overgrown area and apprehended without incident.

He was removed from the scene and turned over to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.



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