Search for fugitive Tyler Henderson spans four full days

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — The search for fugitive Tyler Henderson has now spanned four full days.

The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office said it would continue the search through the weekend, regardless of the holiday.

TCSO Captain Steven Jones said the Ochlocknee Community Center Command Post will be making payouts to different locations in the community.

“We are on standby 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’re not giving this up just because of the weekend,” said captain Jones. “We may not be in a zone together, but we’ve been in response mode all weekend.”

Jones said tip numbers fell sharply on Friday morning, following a quiet Thursday night. Law enforcement responded to more than 20 tips on Thursday.

TCSO continues to encourage the public to submit tips; there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to Henderson’s arrest.

“No amount of information is too small,” Jones said.

Henderson is accused of shooting three deputies who tried to arrest him early Tuesday morning. Two MPs were hit.

A deputy remains in hospital in stable condition. The other MP who was hit has returned to work.

According to law enforcement, on Wednesday morning, Henderson attempted to break into a person’s home.

A member of the owner’s family told WCTV that this person wielded a .22 and had no intention of helping Henderson.

Residents of Ochlocknee and surrounding areas are nervous with Henderson still on the run.

Russell Kiser lives in Boston, Georgia.

“It’s scary to find out – our officers are working really hard and the next thing you know something like this is happening. It’s scary,” Kiser said.

He urged anyone with information to call the whistleblower line.

“If anyone knows where he is, now is the time to say so. Before it got really bad, where he, you know, totally went. I mean, he might be in a different state now,” Kiser said.

Eugene Garner says he has worked at George’s IGA for about 25 years.

He says people need to stay alert to protect themselves.

“I think everyone should close their doors. If they have a deadbolt, place another one. Put two locks on it if you need it. That’s what I’m suggesting. And I also think everyone should lock their car,” Garner said.

Police say Henderson is considered armed and dangerous; they advise against approaching him if you see him.

The phone line for information is 229-201-1222.

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Brandon D. James