Deputies release more details about multi-county manhunt
Deputies with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office say they received a call on June 10, just before 7 p.m. in reference to two women and a small child acting suspicious in a Grand Ridge convenience store.
An employee of the store says the woman with the child gave a note to them that said she felt they were in danger.
The deputy that responded was directed to a car in the store's parking lot. The driver sped away when the deputy got close and went south on Highway 69 towards Calhoun County.
Deputies say one of the women told them the driver was wanted in Tennessee for attempted murder and may be armed with a gun.
The deputy that originally responded to the call says they began following the suspect on Highway 69 at speeds well above the speed limit. The suspect then took dirt roads to get away, but lost control on a curve of a dirt road. The suspect then ran into the woods on foot leaving the female passenger in the car. The passenger had to be taken to the hospital for potential injuries.
Deputies say the license plate of the car was checked and the car was confirmed as stolen from Kingsport, Tennessee. Deputies gathered information at the scene and identified the suspect as Daniel Powell, 29, from Tennessee. Calhoun County Sheriff's deputies arrived and requested K9 tracking teams to help locate Powell.
The K9 teams say they worked through the night with help from Air Support from Calhoun and Bay County Sheriff's Offices. Jackson County Sheriff's deputies, FHP, FWC, and Blountstown police all helped with the search effort as well.
Deputies say they were given information from Tennessee law enforcement that Powell was a wanted fugitive for a charge of attempted murder. They told deputies Powell had an extensive criminal history.
On June 11, Calhoun County deputies say they responded to a stolen vehicle and firearm theft that happened close to where Powell had crashed the night before. Just before 8 a.m. a Jackson County Sheriff's deputy reported seeing the stolen car traveling north on Highway 73 going into Marianna.
Multiple agencies were alerted and the car was found parked in front of a residence. As law enforcement approached, they say Powell ran on foot towards downtown. He was caught by a Marianna Police officer and taken into custody.
Powell was taken to the Jackson County Jail as a fugitive from Tennessee for the charge of attempted murder. He also has pending charges of two counts of grand theft auto, burglary, theft, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felling and attempting to elude. Officials say additional charges are possible.