Updated reports on the capture of the suspect in two Northwest Georgia shootings that resulted in a massive manhunt in Gordon County.

Updated reports on the capture of the suspect in two Northwest Georgia shootings that resulted in a massive manhunt in Gordon County.

Dalton Potter following his arrest late Wednesday. Floyd County Sheriff’s photo.

From the GBI: On Wednesday, Sept. 9,  at approximately 10:30 p.m., Dalton Lee Potter, 29, was taken into custody without incident after a three-day manhunt. Potter was wanted for shooting Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darrell Hackney several times in the early morning hours of Monday, September 7 and fleeing the scene.

Earlier on Wednesday, authorities were alerted to the area of north Gordon County following a home invasion by Potter on a citizen. During the home invasion, Potter and the homeowner exchanged gunfire. The homeowner was shot and transported to the hospital, where he is in stable condition and expected to recover.

Potter fled the scene of the home invasion as numerous local, state, and federal agencies converged to the area of north Gordon County/south Whitfield County to create a perimeter and conduct a search. Potter was located hiding in a swampy area near Bandy Lake in Resaca. It is believed during the gunfire exchange with the Gordon County homeowner, Potter was grazed by gunfire, resulting in a superficial wound to the head. Potter was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released into the custody of the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office. Potter remains in the Whitfield County Jail.

In addition to the five counts of aggravated assault Potter was originally charged with in Whitfield County, he now also faces the following charges: in Whitfield County: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony, felony obstruction, theft by receiving, possession of an explosive by a convicted felon; in Gordon County: three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of aggravated battery, two counts of burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony obstruction.

Deputy Hackney is recovering and expected to return to work next week.

From the GBI, other sources: Shooting suspect Dalton Potter, 29, was captured late Wednesday in Gordon County. A massive manhunt in the area was launched following another shooting early in the day. Assisting in the search were the Floyd County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit as well as other deputies, according to Sheriff Tim Burkhalter.

The GBI announced the arrest at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Potter, who was wanted in in Leakey, Texas, on larceny and theft of over $2,500 charges, also faces five counts of aggravated assault in Georgia. He’s been sought since a shooting of a Whitfield County deputy following a traffic stop.

The GBI earlier reported that late Sunday, during a traffic stop investigating a stolen trailer, Potter fired numerous gunshots at Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Hackney from inside his vehicle. Hackney was struck by gunfire but his ballistic vest prevented serious injury. Hackney and responding Whitfield County Deputy Adrian Gomez returned fire but Porter escaped driving south on I-75. Potter later wrecked the truck and the stolen trailer was located on I-75 South near the Whitfield/Gordon County line. Potter escaped into the woods on foot and has not been captured.  Porter is considered armed and dangerous and a “Blue Alert” has been issued for Potter’s capture.

NewsChannel 9 on Wednesday’s shooting prior to Potter’ arrest. Full story here.

We spoke with a man who says Potter and his father, Eddie Cloer, exchanged gunfire last night.

Cloer’s son, Noah, says his dad was in the yard feeding their animals when he felt a kick in the back that sent him to the ground.

Noah says that was actually Potter shooting Cloer.

Noah says this progressed into a fight, and with Potter shooting his dad again, before his father pulled his own gun on Potter.

Noah says Potter fired at his dad a third time, grazing him in the head, before running off.

Cloer says he doesn’t know if he hit Potter or not.

Whitfield County Sheriff Scott Chitwood says they found Potter with a head injury.

Update from the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office:

On Monday, September 7, a Whitfield County deputy sheriff was shot during the stop of a stolen vehicle near the Whitfield County-Gordon County line. This triggered a manhunt for 2 suspects, one of whom was captured Tuesday in Whitfield County. The intensive fugitive operation covered a large area in southern Whitfield County and northern Gordon County.

The manhunt continued, around the clock, into Wednesday. the search ultimately involved over 150 local, state, and federal peace officers from Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon County Sheriff’s Office, Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Bartow County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Floyd County Police, Chattooga County Sheriff’s Office, Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, Fairmount Police, Chatsworth Police, Tunnel Hill Police, Lafayette Police, and Calhoun Police; the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) troopers, SWAT Team, and Aviation Units, Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Georgia Department of Corrections K9 Units, Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR); the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the United States Marshals Service.

GSP helicopters were continuously deployed, along with ground teams and officers mounted on ATVs, as were search dogs from many jurisdictions. At about 5 p.m. Wednesday, deputies and officers from the various agencies responded to the report of a gunshot wound victim at Cline Road/Airport Circle. This individual was removed by ambulance and is reported to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The area was rapidly cordoned off by officers and the manhunt intensified. The perimeter was strengthened by additional officers continually arriving from other jurisdictions. Several dog teams were deployed in the densely wooded and swampy area.

At about 10:30 p.m, the fugitive Dalton Lee Potter, age 29, of Leakey, Texas was located in a heavily overgrown area and apprehended without incident. He was removed from the scene and turned over to the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Gordon County Sheriff Mitch Ralston commended all of the officers that participated in the manhunt, saying that in his 30-plus years of law enforcement, he’d never seen this large number of officers and agencies come together this quickly and efficiently to reach a shared goal. The sheriff also praised the Emergency Management, Fire/Rescue, E911 communications, and emergency medical personnel who tirelessly supported the operation. Sheriff Ralston said his thought and prayers are with both shooting victims, and thanked all of the citizens who aided in the search with information.


A second suspect, Jonathan Hosmer, 47, also from Texas, was captured Tuesday. Hosmer has been charged in Georgia with possession of methamphetamine, bringing stolen property into the state, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Hosmer also was wanted in Leakey, Texas, on larceny and theft of over $2,500 charges. He had been spotted via a home surveillance system in a subdivision near the truck wreck last night in the Whitfield/Gordon County line.

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