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NW Georgia man has shootout with police, manhunt ensues, now in custody

Man in custody after shootout with deputies in NW Georgia, GBI says

A man in northwest Georgia fires gunshots at police, escapes, a manhunt occurs for 26-hours and he finally placed into custody.

On Tuesday,  about 2:45 pm, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office requested GBI to conduct an officer-involved shooting investigation that occurred in Rossville, GA.

Initial reports indicate two Walker County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by a male subject, identified as Robert Eric Owenbey, 45, of Rossville.

After a short chase, Owenbey’s vehicle crashed into a tree. Owenbey exited the vehicle and began firing at the deputies who returned fire, striking the subject. Owenbey fled from the scene and appeared to be injured.

A manhunt began in north Walker County by the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, and the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Over the next 26 hours, law enforcement diligently searched for Owenbey. On Wednesday, November 21, at about 4:15 pm, Owenbey was taken into custody without incident and transported to a hospital for medical attention.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved in this incident are identified as Deputy Harley Elliott and Deputy Bobby Weber. They were not injured in this incident.

The GBI will conduct its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for review.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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