Timothy Carruth
Photo: Madison County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Madison County Sheriff's Office

Man captured after exchanging fire with state trooper, GBI says 

A suspect in an officer-involved shooting was captured Wednesday morning after a large manhunt in east Georgia.

Timothy Carruth, 24, was located and taken into custody by 1 a.m., about two hours after he ran from a traffic stop in Madison County, according to the GBI. The Colbert man is accused of firing an assault-style rifle at a Georgia State Patrol trooper while trying to get away.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, which responded to the shooting and assisted in the manhunt, described the weapon as an AK-47.

***Update 1:02am*** Subject has been located and apprehended. No injuries reported at this time. We will have...

Posted by Madison County, Georgia, Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The shooting took place along Ga. 72 in the area of Meadow Lane between the cities of Hull and Colbert, the Madison agency said. Carruth’s Toyota Camry became stuck in a ditch after a trooper used a patrol car to disable it, commonly known as a PIT maneuver. 

The GSP identified the trooper as Jordan Ginnel in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

“Carruth exited the vehicle and began firing at the trooper with an assault-style rifle,” GBI special agent Jesse Maddox said in a news release. “The trooper returned fire. Neither the trooper nor Carruth was injured by gunfire.”


Carruth then ran into a nearby pasture and disappeared into some woods, Maddox said. During the manhunt, authorities advised residents to lock their doors and report any suspicious activity as the suspect was considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”

Carruth was apprehended with the help of a Georgia Department of Corrections police dog, according to the GBI. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault of a police officer and a number of traffic charges. 

“More charges will be forthcoming as this investigation continues,” Maddox said.

This is the ninth officer-involved shooting the GBI has been requested to investigate in 2020. The eighth incident came Monday and involved the LaGrange Police Department.

That shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between 29-year-old Jazmen Glanton and his girlfriend. According to the GBI, the girlfriend’s brother, 19-year-old Patrick Reeves, fatally shot Glanton while LaGrange police officers were on scene. An officer returned fire, striking Reeves in the arm.

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No charges had been filed in the LaGrange case as of Monday, GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons told AJC.com.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also tracks officer-involved shootings that don't involve the GBI, and those numbers sometimes differ from the GBI's tally.

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