A manhunt in Lumpkin County ended on Monday afternoon when authorities located and arrested Gerardo Jonathan Flowers, a man accused of firing a gun at sheriff’s office deputies during a chase on Sunday.
In a statement posted on Facebook Monday, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard announced that Flowers, 29, had been apprehended at about noon after hours of searching throughout the night.
Flowers is accused of firing a gun at officers during a car chase in the area of Mount Olive Church Road in Dahlonega on Sunday. Authorities say that after firing at the officers, Flowers fled into a wooded area of southeast Lumpkin County.
Jarrard said in a separate video on the manhunt, that Flowers may have been attempting “suicide by cop”, based on a note that Flowers allegedly released.
Authorities have not released how Flowers was found and apprehended, or what started the incident on Sunday.
So far, Flowers has been charged with aggravated assault and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Jarrard said previously that Flowers may also be wanted on charges in Hall and Habersham counties.
Flowers is being held in the Lumpkin County Jail without bond.
UPDATE 1:27 p.m.: Authorities say that Gerardo Jonathan Flowers has been captured in Lumpkin County.
A man that allegedly fired a gun at law enforcement officers in Lumpkin County on Sunday is still on the run, Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard announced on Monday morning.
In a video posted to Facebook, Jarrard reported that Gerardo Jonathan Flowers has still not been located by North Georgia authorities following a car chase and shooting that took place near the Mount Olive Church Road area of Lumpkin County on Sunday, July 11.
“He’s still missing. We’re still looking for him,” Jarrard said in the video, explaining that deputies are still out searching for the man, who is reportedly wanted in Lumpkin, Hall and Habersham counties.
Flowers allegedly fired at officers on Sunday as he fled into woods in southeast Lumpkin County. Officers surrounded the area and began tracking Flowers with K-9 units and a Georgia State Patrol aviation unit. But at this point, it’s unknown whether Flowers is still in the area, Jarrard said.
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“We don’t know for sure that he’s in the Lumpkin County area,” Jarrard said. “But we’re searching all the locations that he could have been or could have went.”
Flowers is still considered armed and dangerous, Jarrard said, and anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately. Flowers was last seen near Colonel Stringer Road and Highway 52 E in Lumpkin County.
“If you see anyone matching that description please call 911 immediately,” Jarrard said. “Look at his picture; if you see him anywhere in the eastside, south Lumpkin, be sure and give us a call at 911.”
Jarrard said that since the incident occurred, investigators learned that Flowers may have been attempting “suicide by cop.” Jarrard said this info came from a note that Flowers allegedly released.
“That’s very unfortunate to put people in that kind of way,” Jarrard said. “I’m hopeful that we can catch him and get him safe and get him some help.”