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This story was updated Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, at 7 p.m. with more information.

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Jonathan Hosmer / Photo from Whitfield County Sheriff's Office

Jonathan Hosmer, one of the fugitives from Texas charged with involvement in the shooting of a Whitfield County (Georgia) Sheriff's Office deputy, has been arrested.

On Monday, Dalton Potter, 29, was driving a truck pulling a stolen trailer when deputies from the Whitfield County sheriff's office pulled him over, authorities said. Potter fired several shots at Deputy Darrell Hackney from inside his vehicle during the traffic stop, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation news release.

Hackney was not seriously injured thanks to his ballistic vest, the release stated.

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood said Hackney had some bruising and a burning sensation but was treated and released Monday night and is in good shape.

Hosmer, 47, was arrested about 5 a.m. Tuesday at a location given to law enforcement by an anonymous tipster. Chitwood said the suspect was checked for dehydration and taken to the Whitfield County Jail.

Authorities said Potter has not been seen since he escaped into a wooded area near the Whitfield-Gordon county line.

On Sunday night, Hackney and Deputy Adrian Gomez returned fire, but Potter was able to speed off, investigators said. The suspect crashed his truck and escaped into the woods. The trailer was recovered near the Whitfield-Gordon county line, the GBI said.

Potter is armed and dangerous, police say, and a "Blue Alert" has been issued for his capture.

The news release from Monday said Potter is a fugitive from justice in Texas, although it did not list his criminal history.

Anyone with information on the case or Potter's whereabouts is asked to call the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office at 706-370-4900.

Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

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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)

 

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