Fugitive Manhunt Comes to an End in Walton County

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. - The days long manhunt for a man wanted in connection with several recent car thefts and burglaries in Walton and Okaloosa counties comes to an end.

Authorities say 31-year old Eric Dewayne Russell had been on the run since Florida Fish and Wildlife officers initially attempted to pull him over for a traffic stop on Sunday. 

He was taken into custody around 10 p.m.Thursday night by Walton County Deputies.

Russell is responsible for a string of burglaries over the past few days, stealing trucks & atvs and running from deputies. Authorities say he is also responsible for the death of Okaloosa Correctional K9 "Freckles", who passed away while tracking Russell.


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