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Texas fugitive wanted for shootout with Georgia deputies captured; 1 person hurt in separate incident

The news comes after authorities said a man has was shot in northwest Georgia after encountering the wanted fugitive Wednesday.

DALTON, Ga. — The manhunt for a Texas fugitive who got into a shootout with Georgia deputies is over. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tweeted that Dalton Potter, 29 has been captured. 

The news comes after authorities said a man was shot in northwest Georgia after encountering the wanted fugitive Wednesday.

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood told reporters earlier in the evening that that investigators believed that Potter was inside a perimeter that authorities set up northwest of the town of Resaca. 

According to the GBI, Potter broke into a home in north Gordon County. During the home invasion, the GBI said Potter and the homeowner exchanged gunfire. The homeowner was shot, but was taken to the hospital. Chitwood said he was stable and is expected to recover.

Potter, meanwhile, ran off from the home as local, sate and federal agents surrounded the area of north Gordon and south Whitfield counties. He was later found hiding in a swampy area near Brandy Lake in Resaca in Gordon County. 

He was taken to the hospital for treatment for a graze wound to the head, believed to have come from the gun fight with the homeowner. He was then turned over to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office and is being housed in the Whitfield County Jail.

The three-day manhunt followed an early-morning shooting when officials said Potter fired at Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Hackney around midnight Monday morning during a traffic stop in Dalton. Officials said Potter was hauling explosives in a stolen trailer at the time.

Credit: AP
In this image, released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, taken from a deputy’s body camera, Texas fugitive Dalton Potter is questioned during a traffic stop on Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Dalton, Ga. A GBI statement released Tuesday, Sept. 8, said one of two Texas fugitives wanted after a Georgia deputy was shot during the traffic stop, Jonathan Hosmer, has been apprehended, while Potter remains at large. (Georgia Bureau of Investigation via AP)

The deputy's body camera video from the initial incident shows him approaching the trailer on the drivers' side and walking up to the driver's window on the white Chevy SUV. The deputy only has enough time to announce he's with the Sheriff's Office before Potter is seen in the video pulling a gun on the deputy. It happens within the span of 22 seconds.

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According to the GBI, Potter fired off several rounds at Hackney, who was hit, but saved thanks to his ballistic vest. The GBI said Hackney and another responding deputy returned fire, but Potter still managed to escape on that night, along with the other fugitive - Jonathan Hosmer, 47.

However, Hosmer was captured the next day, after a surveillance camera captured him walking through a neighborhood not far from the crash site. 

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Potter, however, remained on the run, and was considered armed and dangerous. Now, with his arrest, both fugitives are in police custody.

In addition to the initial five counts of aggravated assault Potter was wanted on in Whitfield County, he now also faces a slew of other charges, including:

  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony
  • felony obstruction
  • theft by receiving
  • possession of an explosive by a convicted felon

In Gordon County, he faces: 

  • three counts of aggravated assault
  • three counts of aggravated battery
  • two counts of burglary
  • possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony
  • possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony obstruction.

According to the GBI, both suspects had been wanted out of Leakey, Texas for larceny and theft of over $2,500.

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