Wilcox deputy fires shots at man outside prison

A Wilcox County deputy fired four shots at a man outside the state prison early Tuesday, according to the county sheriff.

No one was injured, and the man was arrested about four hours later at a nearby store, Sheriff Robert Rodgers wrote in a news release.

By Tweet, the Georgia Department of Corrections said they believed the suspect was attempting a "contraband drop" outside the Wilcox State Prison.

According to Rodgers, it happened around 12:52 a.m.

An off-duty deputy working the prison's perimeter saw the man on prison property, inside the guard line.

The man ran off into the woods, but fired a shot at the deputy, Rodgers wrote.

Wilcox deputies and other agencies searched for the man before finding him around 5:30 a.m., according to the news release.

He was taken to the Wilcox County jail. The names of the deputy and the suspect have not been released.

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