Fugitive, Wanted for Shooting of Winnebago County Sherrif’s Deputy, Arrested in Georgia

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The man wanted for shooting a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy three times has been caught in Lawrenceville, Georgia – a suburb of Atlanta shortly before 1p.m. this afternoon.

On September 23rd,  Deputy Stephen Wright attempted to pull 27-year old Jordan Spates over for speeding, but he took off instead-leading Wright on a 100 mile per hour chase.

Eventually Spates’ car broke down, but he got out and began fleeing on foot. But when Deputy Wright began to follow, Spates opened fire hitting him three times.

Wright was hit in his shoulder and back, and is now in stable condition and on a long road to recovery.

Detectives and TAC Team members developed information about the possible location of Spates.

Detectives reached out for assistance from the Rockford FBI Office who obtained an Unlawful Flight to Avoid Apprehension warrant, and in turn received assistance from the Atlanta FBI, along with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Police, Atlanta Police Department, and Atlanta Violent Fugitive Unit set up surveillance in the suspected area.  

Those agencies were able to locate Spates in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.  After executing a search warrant, Spates was taken into custody without incident this afternoon.

Spates is lodged in the Gwinnett County Jail awaiting extradition to Rockford, Illinois.

Sheriff Gary Caruana anticipates further arrests in the near future for anyone who may have helped Spates’ flight.

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