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Police find Clay County suspect in Jackson County

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Two people are shot in Clay County and police spent most of the day searching for the suspect.

Police led Jeremy Fusner out of the woods in Jackson County.

The shooting happened around 11am Thursday morning in Clay County and after nearly four hours of searching they found him in the woods in Jackson County.

It was at a home on Roots Branch Road where 20 year-old Jonathan Lucas and 20 year-old Michael Jones were shot. Neighbor Virgil Smith says he heard the shots from inside his home

"I come out on the porch and the neighbor over there hollered and told me to call the 911 cause he had been shot in the shoulder,” Smith said.

Police say Fusner shot Jones in the shoulder and Lucas in the leg and fingers.

They say he then took off in a Mercury Grand Marquis.

After a two hour search in Clay County, the sheriffs department was tipped off that Fusner could be in Jackson County at his sister’s house and that tip was right.

"He got here about 1:30 and he just busted in and said he had blew somebody's brains out and we didn't know what to think,” Bryan Jenkins, Fusner’s nephew said.

The Clay County Sheriffs Deputies met the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at the home of Fusner's sister but were told he had fled into the woods

“We had enough man power there we just started going down in the woods. He was only probably 100 to 150 feet laying down in the woods waiting for us to leave,” Jackson County Sheriff Denny Peyman said.

When officers finally spotted Fusner he attempted to flee again

"He would not comply with officers demands. I did deploy a tazer which is what ultimately restrained him,” Clay County Deputy Brian Jackson said.

Fusner is now being held in the Clay County Detention Center
No word on Lucas or Jones’ condition.

They were airlifted out and although they were conscious those with the EMS service say the injuries were serious.


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