It all started with a high speed chase involving a stolen car out of Cleburne County last night that ended in flames. The incident occurred just inside Clay County on Hwy 49 North in the Delta area last night around 10:00 PM.
The driver, Terrence Marshall, lost control of the car and crashed, catching fire. There were three subjects in the car. Two of these subjects, Marshall and a juvenile male, quickly fled the accident scene on foot.
The third subject, a black female identified as Alexus Nichole Horne of Cochran, Ga. was also in the vehicle, but did not run. She was treated for her injuries on the scene and taken into custody. Shinbone Valley Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.
A foot pursuit ensued and the subjects separated. The two black males kept the law enforcement busy, as multiple calls begin to come to county dispatch soon after the crash of a black male beating on doors, on porches, and in the yards of homeowners nearby in the vicinity of Abel Rd/Hwy 49N intersection near the crash site.
The search continued throughout the night as law enforcement combed the densely wooded area with the K-9 Unit. Around 6:30 am this morning, Marshall was apprehended on Hwy 49N.
Marshall told law enforcement that his partner was wanted for murder and was armed. There were reports of the remaining subject spotted on Good Hope Delta Rd,just a few miles up from this area, trying to flag people down on the road.
The search was moved to this vicinity after a few visuals of the perpetrator, but each time he seemed to slip through their hands with so many wooded areas to hide in.
The manhunt continued throughout the next several hours as the state chopper and law enforcement agencies from surrounding counties joined in the search.
The parameter of the search area extended from Good Hope Delta Rd to Ketchemedoggie Rd to Waites Rd, Ridge Rd, and Hwy 49 N.
There were more sightings, and the K-9’s would pick up on his trail, but the subject was quick to escape captivity with what seemed like tireless efforts.
The fugitive covered a lot of ground in a short time, but kept running in a circle, probably due to not being familiar with his surroundings.
The manhunt finally ended on Waites Rd/Ridge Rd area with the chopper getting a visual on him as law men took him in custody when the toll of his run seemed to overtake him.
Clay County Rescue Squad was called to the scene for evaluation of the subject. He was treated for a large laceration on his leg and physical exertion. The second subject apprehended today is a juvenile and has warrants out of Georgia for murder.
The timing of the apprehension couldn’t have been any better with a small thunderstorm moving in, that would have grounded the chopper.
This is not an official press release, yet information I’ve observed throughout this incident. Hopefully, a press release will be issued at a later date.
I would like to recognize the following law enforcement agencies that played a part in the 15 hour ordeal and the capture the fugitive:
- Clay County Sheriff’s Department
- Lineville Police Department
- Ashland Police Department
- Cleburne County Sheriff’s Department
- Heflin Police Department
- U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement
- U. S. Marshal Task Force
- St. Clair County Dog Team
- ALEA Aviation Unit
My local enforcement sources would like to extend their appreciation to all of these agencies, with a special thanks to the St. Clair County Dog Team and ALEA Aviation Unit for their apprehension of this fugitive.
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