DUBLIN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Update: Suspect Jim Lowery has been captured. At around 10:20 PM on Tuesday November 3, an aviation unit observed the escaped prisoner in a contained search area near the Laurens County Jail.
After being spotted by the aviation unit, ground teams were set in to Lowery’s location wher he was apprehended.
Jim Lowery escaped from custody near the Laurens County jail around 11:20am. Lowery was charged in the death of the Montgomery County Sheriff in June.
He was taken into custody without incident.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office has issued an alert for the area around the jail and have blocked off the area near Southern Pines Road and County Farm Road.
According to the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Treutlen County authorities were taking him to the Laurens County jail when he escaped from his leg shackles and used them to bust out the windows of the patrol car and jumped out. A deputy chased him into the woods but lost sight of him. They believe he is on the loose near the jail. He is considered dangerous. His handcuffs were found later in the roadway.
Lowery was arrested in June after a burglary and shoot-out with law enforcement. Montgomery County Sheriff Ladson O’Connor died while chasing Lowery following the burglary when he lost control of his car and wrecked.
More than 100 law enforcement officer are he;ping with the search.
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