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Explosives found in stolen trailer after suspect flees shootout with police


Officials are searching for a man accused of stealing a tractor trailer, possessing explosives, and shooting at police in Georgia earlier this week. 

The incident began on Monday, September 7th in Dalton Georgia. 

According to 13 WMAZ, on Monday police spotted 29-year-old Dalton Potter, already a “wanted fugitive in Texas,” driving a stolen tractor trailer along Interstate 75. 

Whitfield County deputy Darrell Hackney pulled the stolen rig over and was soon shot at by Potter, who managed to hit his mark several times. Luckily, Hackney was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time and did not suffer any serious injuries. 

Hackney then returned fire along with another officer, but Potter was able to escape southbound down I-75 in the stolen semi truck.

Following the shootout, Potter apparently wrecked the truck near the Gordon-Whitfield county line and abandoned it, disappearing into the nearby woods. 

On the following Wednesday, officials were able to execute a search warrant on the stolen tractor trailer and discovered explosives, which will soon be destroyed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Disposal Unit.

As of 11 a.m. on September 9th, Potter is still missing, on the run, and ‘may be of serious threat to the public.’

The second suspect in the situation, 47-year-old Jonathan Hosmer, is already in custody after he was seen on a home surveillance system in a subdivision close to where the stolen truck was wrecked.


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