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Whitfield County deputy shot during traffic stop Monday morning on I-75

Updated: Sep 14

Whitfield County, GA (September 7, 2020) – On Monday, September 7, 2020, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested by the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office to investigate an officer involved shooting in Dalton, GA.

Preliminary information indicated that Dalton Potter, age 29, a wanted Texas fugitive, was driving a stolen trailer out of Chattanooga. During a traffic stop of the stolen trailer, Potter fired numerous gunshots at Whitfield County Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Hackney from inside his vehicle. Deputy Hackney was struck by gunfire, but his ballistic vest prevented serious injury. Deputy Hackney and responding Whitfield County Deputy Adrian Gomez returned fire, but Potter escaped driving south on I-75. Potter later wrecked the truck, and the stolen trailer was located on I-75 South near the Whitfield /Gordon County line. Potter escaped into the woods on foot and was not initially captured. A “Blue Alert” was issued for Potter’s capture. The GBI continued its independent investigation. Once completed, it will be turned over to the Whitfield County District Attorney’s Office for review. On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, a search warrant was executed on the stolen trailer Dalton Lee Potter was hauling at the time of the OIS. Explosives were found in the trailer that will be destroyed by the GBI Bomb Disposal Unit. Hosmer was arrested early Tuesday morning after being found laying next to a pole. Dalton Lee Potter, the Texas fugitive who lead authorities an intense three-day manhunt, was arrested late Wednesday night. He committed a home invasion and exchanged gunfire with the homeowner. The homeowner was shot and airlifted to Erlanger Medical where he is listed in stable condition. Potter did suffer a graze wound to the head and has been booked into the Whitfield County Jail on several felony charges. Potter is wanted in Leakey, Real County, TX for larceny and theft of over $2500. Potter is facing for five counts of aggravated assault in Georgia. In addition to the five counts of aggravated assault Potter was originally charged within Whitfield County, he now also faces the following charges: in Whitfield County: possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a commission of a felony, felony obstruction, theft by receiving, possession of an explosive by a convicted felon; in Gordon County: three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of aggravated battery, two counts of burglary, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and felony obstruction. Potter's accomplice Jonathan Hosmer is also wanted in Leakey, Real County, TX for larceny and theft of over $2500. Hosmer has been arrested and charged in Georgia with possession of methamphetamine, bringing stolen property into the state, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Deputy Hackney is recovering and is expected to return to work next week. A GoFund account has been set up for the homeowner that was shot: https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-and-loss-of-work-bills?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet