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Manhunt underway for fugitive who escaped officers in GA, MS

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Officers from several law enforcement agencies are searching an area of south Jackson for a man wanted in Georgia.

Authorities are searching for 35-year-old Wesley Walton, of Georgia, after he allegedly tried to run over officers during a traffic stop in Jackson. He is wanted on felony vehicle theft charges in Georgia.

The search area is a wooded area north of TV Road off Highway 18 in southwest Jackson. 

Walton was seen at around 11 a.m. by a US Marshal’s task force.

Officers discovered Walton was in a stolen Ford pick-up truck. The officers attempted to talk with Walton when he then tried to run over them with the truck.

One officer tried to stop him by shooting out two of the truck's tires.

Walton abandoned the truck and fled into the woods.

According to our sister station WALB, on Saturday, Georgia State Police stopped Walton on Old Valdosta Road near the intersection of GA 122.

Police say Walton provided a false name and date of birth. While trying to arrest him, he ran from the scene.

The trooper caught up with Walton, but after a struggle he got away and ran into the woods.

The trooper followed Walton to a nearby home where he stole a white 2012 Ford F150 with a gun inside the truck and headed north down Old Valdosta Road.

Georgia State Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.

Inside Walton's vehicle they found about a gram of meth, a pipe, a handgun, handcuffs, and pepper spray. 

He has prior convictions and was recently released from the Brooks County Jail in Georgia.   

According to WALB, Walton faces several charges in Georgia that include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by taking.

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Wesley Walton contact the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 601-987-1530.

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