'Armed and dangerous' man wanted in shooting of sheriff's deputy, second suspect in custody

amphotora/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(NEW YORK) — A manhunt is intensifying for a 29-year-old suspected of shooting a Georgia sheriff’s deputy.

Dalton Potter, a wanted Texas fugitive, was allegedly driving a stolen trailer when he was pulled over on a traffic stop early Monday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Potter allegedly fired several times at Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Hackney, the state agency said.

Hackney was hit but wasn’t seriously hurt due to his ballistic vest, the GBI said.

Hackney and a fellow deputy returned fire, but Potter escaped and drove south on Interstate 75, the GBI said.

Whitfield County is about 30 miles southeast of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Potter later crashed near the Whitfield County-Gordon County line. Potter, who is considered armed and dangerous, then fled into the woods on foot, the GBI said.

Another Texas fugitive, 47-year-old Jonathan Hosmer, was later identified in connection to the shooting, and has since been taken into custody, the GBI said Tuesday morning. Hosmer “was captured on a home surveillance system in a subdivision near the truck wreck,” the GBI said.

Potter faces a charge of aggravated assault on a deputy, the GBI said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office at 706-370-4900.

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