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Manhunt underway after George County sheriff is killed

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GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - A manhunt is underway Wednesday night in the woods outside Lucedale, as George County Sheriff's Deputies try to find the person who hit and killed their boss.

George County Sheriff Garry Welford died at U.S.A. Medical Center just hours after he was hit by a driver who was eluding authorities.

Sheriff Welford was throwing out some spikes on Highway 98 near the Greene County line to stop a maroon truck Wednesday.

That's when, according to officials, the fleeing suspect struck Welford.

He said, after the accident, the female driver and her male passenger jumped out of the truck and ran into the woods off Palestine Gardens Road in George County.

The two suspects have been identified as Chris Baxter and Brandi Williams, people officials said both have criminal records.  A five-thousand-dollar reward is being offered for their capture.

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