Decatur Sheriff’s deputies stop suspects who fled from Gadsden County, Florida (Updated 1 PM Monday)

Michael Edwards | Decatur County Jail

Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies and Bainbridge police teamed up to stop three people who were running from law enforcement in Gadsden County, Florida on the morning of Sunday, December 14.

According to Decatur County Sheriff Wiley Griffin, deputies were involved in a pursuit of a vehicle that fled north from Gadsden County after an alleged home invasion incident that took place in Florida on Sunday morning.

Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies were notified by Gadsden County deputies of an ongoing pursuit at 6:45 a.m.

Sheriff’s deputies Brad Lambert and John Presilla intercepted the fleeing suspects’ vehicle on Country Club Road in Bainbridge and set out spike strips in an attempt to disable the car.

At least a couple of the vehicle’s tires went flat after hitting the spike strips, but the fleeing vehicle continued on, with Bainbridge Public Safety officers also assisting in the pursuit.

Finally, officers caught up with the suspects’ car on Dothan Road in West Bainbridge, according to Sheriff Griffin.

Four people were taken into custody and two are still in the Decatur County Jail as of Monday morning.

One of the three, 18-year-old Michael Edwards of Ocala, Fla., is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and fleeing law enforcement, while charges against the other two are pending. The other two people taken into custody include 26-year-old Courtney McGraw of Astor, Fla., and 27-year-old Tony Pruitt of Quincy, Fla. and Rebecca Shepherd (age and hometown not immediately available).

Pruitt and Shepherd were released without charges. However, McGraw was still in custody at the Decatur County Jail as of Monday morning.

Sheriff Griffin said the suspects will be kept at the jail until they can be extradited back to Gadsden County, Florida to appear before a judge.

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