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Stilson shooting suspect caught
Man accused of shooting woman arrested near Bloomingdale
Geoffrey Manus

A Stilson woman is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder and the suspected shooter is in custody after a manhunt that ended near Bloomingdale late Saturday, according to Bulloch County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Jared Akins.

Geoffrey Manus, 48, the suspect in the shooting on Jackson Road in Stilson Friday night, was taken into custody after fleeing a traffic stop on I-16.

According to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, Manus was in a vehicle traveling east on I-16 around 5 p.m. Saturday. Deputies responded to that area and were notified that deputies with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office had attempted to stop the vehicle near mile marker 152 on I-16. One subject, the driver, was taken into custody without incident, however, Manus fled into a wooded area on foot.

Officers from the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Bloomingdale Police Department, Garden City Police Department, Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia State Patrol joined forces to set up a perimeter in the area. Canines from several departments and Metro’s Aviation Unit also responded to the call.

After an intensive search through thick brush in high heat, Manus emerged from the woods and was taken into custody. A quantity of methamphetamine was recovered from Manus. No law enforcement personnel were injured during the search.

Manus was transported to the Bulloch County Jail where he remains charged with aggravated assault, and other charges are pending.

According to a press release from Sheriff Lynn Anderson, Manus was accused of shooting the victim late Friday night at a home on Jackson Road in the Stilson community.

Patrol deputies were dispatched to the scene at 11:24 p.m. and found the woman with a gunshot wound to her shoulder. She was flown to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah for treatment.

Interviews by deputies and Inv. Jason Long identified the shooter as Manus, with whom the victim was acquainted, Anderson said in the release.


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