Alabama Fugitive Says God Told Him Not to Kill Walton Deputy

Walton County, Fla. - An Alabama fugitive told a Walton County Sheriff's deputy that he thought about killing him but God told him not to, according to a news release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office.

On Friday a deputy on routine patrol observed a camouflage Jeep traveling east on Highway 90 near Gene Hurley Road. The tag displayed on the Jeep was queried and came back to a 2007 Blue Hyundai Sonata.

The Deputy pulled the vehicle over in the Tom Thumb parking lot on Highway 90. After first saying he did not have a license the driver eventually provided his information and an Alabama ID advising he was James Melvin Long Jr. out of Alabama. A check of his information revealed his AL Driver License had been revoked since 1994.

Further investigation revealed an active warrant out of Dothan Police Department for Burglary. 

Throughout the interaction with the deputy, Long said that he thought about harming him when he pulled him over. Long had a duffel bag full of large knives within reach in the backseat of his vehicle.

Long added that it almost went “very differently” for the deputy and he asked the deputy continuously if he woke up “thinking it may be his last day,” officials wrote. 

Long also told the deputy he thought about “having court” on the side of the road in lieu of being arrested, but God told him not to harm the deputy.

Long was transported to the Walton County Jail without incident. He awaits extradition back to Alabama.

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