Police, GBI searching for Texas fugitive after he fired on police near Whitfield, Gordon County line

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.

Law officers apprehended one of two Texas fugitives wanted after a Whitfield County deputy was shot during a traffic stop, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

Jonathan Hosmer, 47, is in custody, and Dalton Potter, 29, remains at large, the agency said in a statement.

The gunfire happened around midnight Monday in Dalton when Potter fired numerous gunshots at Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Hackney from inside his vehicle, the GBI said. Hackney was struck, but his ballistic vest saved him, the GBI said in a statement.

Potter had been hauling a stolen trailer and was pulled over by deputies around midnight when he opened fire, authorities said.

Hackney and another deputy returned fire, but Potter made his getaway by driving south on Interstate 75. He wrecked the truck and escaped into the woods on foot, the GBI said. The stolen trailer was found along the southbound lanes of I-75, near the Whitfield-Gordon county line, the agency said.

Potter is considered armed and dangerous and a “Blue Alert” has been issued for his capture. He is facing a charge of aggravated assault on the deputy, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said Monday afternoon.

The GBI later said they were searching for a second Texas fugitive — Hosmer — who they said was also involved in the shooting. Authorities said charges were pending against Hosmer, who was spotted on surveillance footage taken near the site of the truck crash. They did not immediately release additional details about Hosmer’s involvement.

The GBI will conduct an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Whitfield County District Attorney’s Office for review.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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