Alabama fugitive arrested in Walton County

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) An Alabama fugitive is now behind bars after reportedly telling a deputy, "I thought about killing you when you pulled me over."

According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was on routine patrol Friday and noticed a camouflage Jeep heading east on Highway 90 near Gene Hurley Road. The deputy looked up the tag number and noticed it came back to a different vehicle.

The deputy then pulled the car over and was told by the subject that he did not have a drivers' license. After escorting the man out of the vehicle, the deputy was eventually able to get the man's information, including an Alabama ID identifying him as Melvin Long Jr.

WCSO said a further investigation showed Long had an active warrant out of Dothan for burglary.

Officials said throughout Long and the deputy's interaction, Long said he thought about harming the law enforcement officer when he was pulled over. We're told a duffel bag was found inside the vehicle Long was driving. It contained several large knives.

Long reportedly told the deputy, things almost went "very differently" and asked the deputy several times if he woke up "thinking it might be his last day."

Long reportedly also added that God told him not to harm the deputy.

Long was taken to the Walton County Jail without incident and awaits extradition back to Alabama.