A man wanted in Florida for shooting a family dog was captured Tuesday night when a Bulloch County sheriff’s deputy used a tag reader to check out a suspicious car.
Deputy William Sims saw a car with very dark tinted windows, a tinted tag cover and New Jersey plates at the Shell station off Hwy. 67 and Interstate 16, according to Bulloch County Sheriff’s incident reports.
Sims used a tag reader to check for any outstanding issues linked to the white Chevrolet Cruze, and received an alert that the driver, Ronald Wayne Jurnock, 33, was a “missing or endangered person.”
Sims stopped Jurnock, of Bow Court, in Valrico, Fla. Jurnock admitted he knew he was reported missing and explained he left Florida after a “bad fight with his girlfriend.”
In the meantime, Bulloch County sheriff’s dispatchers told Sims that Jurnock was “considered armed and dangerous” and could have a 9 millimeter handgun on his person, according to reports.
Bulloch County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tracy Miller joined Sims and both deputies continued to question Jurnock, who told them he had been to the firing range that day and returned home, where he checked his gun to see if it was unloaded and it went off, striking the family dog.
Jurnock said the dog died and that started the fight with his girlfriend, reports stated.
At first he told deputies he did not have a gun, inviting them to check, but later admitted having a Taurus Millennium G2 9 millimeter handgun in his trunk. Deputies found and recovered the fully loaded gun, Sims reported.
Jurnock, wanted on charges of animal cruelty and aggravated assault, was taken into custody and booked into the Bulloch County Jail.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.