UPDATE: Wednesday, a man was found guilty on charges he faced for shooting at Walker County deputies during a traffic stop last year.

Robert Eric Owenby will spend at least 50 years in prison for shooting at those officers in November of 2018.

Superior court Judge Ralph Van Pelt Jr. sentenced Owenby to 55 years with a requirement to serve 50 years behind bars without the possibility of parole.

Owenby was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years of probation in separate cases prior to Wednesday's trial.


PREVIOUS UPDATE: The suspect wanted for the officer-involved shooting in Walker County on Tuesday has been caught.

Officials confirm that 45-year-old Robert Eric Owenby is in custody.


He was caught at 1310 Sherry Drive in Rossville around 4:20 pm.


Owenby was found with a gunshot wound to the leg and surrendered without incident.

The GBI says the Walker County deputies involved in the incident are Deputy Harley Elliott and Deputy Bobby Weber. Both deputies were not injured.

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PREVIOUS UPDATE: Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson named the newly-identified shooting suspect Wednesday as 45-year-old Robert Eric Owenby from Rossville.

Ownbey is accused of firing at two Walker County deputies after a traffic stop.

He is described as 5'8" tall, weighing about 190 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair.

 


PREVIOUS STORY: The two suspects originally named by Sheriff Steve Wilson in connection to an officer-involved shooting in Walker County Tuesday evening are no longer persons of interest in the case.

Sheriff Steve Wilson says 41-year-old Robert Dean Root has been located in Lee State Prison in South Georgia.

Sheriff Wilson says the second suspect, 30-year-old John Ambers Ross III, has been arrested on unrelated charges and cannot be tied to the incident.

The sheriff says the suspects were identified by a neighbor who told officers she let the two men use her car that was used during the incident.

Officers are trying to identify the suspects responsible.

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PREVIOUS STORY: The search for a suspect who is accused of shooting at Walker County deputies in Rossville Tuesday evening is underway.

It started around 2:30 pm in the area of Raydine Lane off James Street.

Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson says deputies were trying to make a traffic stop when the driver, 41-year-old Robert Dean Root, got out of the vehicle and started shooting at the officers.

Sheriff Wilson says the officers returned fire as Root ran from the scene.


Deputies are now searching for Root, who is described as a white male that is 5’10 tall and weighs around 165 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Root should be considered armed and dangerous.

Officers are also searching for the passenger in the suspect vehicle, 30-year-old John Ambers Ross III, who is wanted "as a party to the crime."

Ross is described as 5’11" tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He also has brown hair and brown eyes.


The GBI and Rossville Police Department are assisting with the investigation.

Channel 3 has a crew that is working to learn more.

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