Manhunt For Shooting Suspect Over

SUNNY HILLS - The manhunt for Christopher Griner is over.

He was captured at 7:55 a.m. near Pine Log and Wood Road, ending a 12-hour search. Griner was then booked into the Washington County Jail.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, a resident spotted Griner this morning and recognized him as the man posted on and WJHG's Facebook page. A deputy in the area responded and took him into custody.

Griner said he was tired after a long night and surrendered without putting up a fight. He will be transported back to Bay County to face charges.

This all started Friday morning in Callaway. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office says Griner had been involved in a domestic argument during which shots were fired.

According to Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock, Griner broke into his ex-girlfriend's home, threatening her with a shotgun. Another man confronted Griner. They struggled over the gun and it went off.

Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen was driving home from work Friday evening when a vehicle driving recklessly, passed him on Highway 77 at a high rate of speed. McKeithen recognized the vehicle as possibly belonging to Griner, who was wanted on two felony warrants.

McKeithen chased Griner through Southport into the Sand Hills where Griner hit another car twice while travelling near 100 mph. Griner left the scene as McKeithen stopped to render aid to the woman in the struck vehicle. Fortunately, she was not seriously injured.

Minutes later, Griner abandoned his car and ran into a wooded area across from the Sunny Hills Golf & Country Club.

Washington County deputies closed off the perimeter. K-9's were brought in from the nearby Northwest Florida Reception Center, as well as the Walton County and Holmes County Correctional Institutes. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office helicopter assisted in the search until about midnight but was forced to land when fog started to roll in.

Griner was arrested at 7:55 a.m. Saturday near Pine Log and Wood Road, not far from where the 12-hour manhunt started.

Griner has an extensive criminal history including assault and domestic violence. Now he faces new charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, shooting into an occupied dwelling, reckless driving and probation violation.

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