On the night of April 13th the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office requested mutual aid from Bulloch Sheriff Noel Brown for assisting in the apprehension of a violent fugitive wanted for stabbing two people. Captain Todd Hutchens and Investigator William Sims responded with a BCSO Drone that has F.L.I.R. capability.

After being airborne for only a short period of time drone operators were able to locate the wanted subject and guide Emanuel County Deputies to his exact location. Sheriff Brown would like to thank Captain Hutchens and Investigator Sims for their quick response.

The video is of the apprehension in Emanuel and shared a F.B. Post from Emanuel County which provides additional information about their investigation.

He would also like to thank all members of the Sheriff’s U.A.V. Unit. All members of this team of drone pilots have to undergo a certification process and volunteer to be part of a 24-our on-call list. Most of them are already on call for their regular jobs, and take this additional assignment on a voluntary basis.

The U.A.V. unit recently assisted Bryan County in attempting to locate injured persons after tornados struck that community.