UPDATE: Deer Point fugitive caught

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UPDATE 4 p.m. Authorities have captured a suspect who ran from them while they were serving a search warrant in the Deer Point area Thursday morning.

Officials said they apprehended fugitive Brian Wayne Joins in the area of Cato Road and Hwy 390.

“This is the area in which he fled from Task Force members this morning, when they first attempted to take him into custody,” officials wrote. “Joins is wanted on warrants for drug and firearm charges issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. (ATF).”

Joins, 50, will be taken to the Bay County Jail.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Multiple schools are on lockdown Thursday morning as deputies search for a dangerous suspect in the area.

Brian Joins

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the US Marshals Task Force are looking for a dangerous fugitive, Brian Wayne Joins. The Task Force developed information Joins was in a park off Cato Road. When Task Force members arrived, Joins spotted them and fled on foot from the park.

When last seen, Joins was wearing a red/orange T shirt, jeans, and was barefoot. He has shaggy brown hair and blue eyes. He is about 5’10”.

Joins is wanted on a warrant from the Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) on drug and firearm charges. He is considered a dangerous career criminal. It is not known if he is armed at this time.

The charter schools Bay Haven and North Bay Haven were locked down officials said. Superintendent Bill Husfelt said on Twitter that Deer Point Elementary is on ‘soft lockdown’ out of an abundance of caution.

Husfelt previously tweeted that Hutchison Beach Elementary was on a ‘soft lockdown’ as well. However, that lockdown was caused by the search for a different suspect near the school. That suspect was arrested by Panama City Beach Police and lockdown has been lifted.

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