Armed suspect taken into custody near Meldrim Rd, Hwy 80 in Effingham Co.

Armed suspect taken into custody near Meldrim Rd, Hwy 80 in Effingham Co.
Armed suspect in Effingham County (Source: WTOC)

EFFINGHAM CO., Ga. (WTOC) - UPDATE - The search for an armed person is over along Highway 80 near Meldrim Road.

According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, they received reports of a person shooting at a house.

William Anthony Taylor
William Anthony Taylor (Source: Effingham County Sheriff's Office)

As they were responding, deputies spotted a suspect and chased that person in a vehicle. The suspect, identified by the sheriff’s office as 34-year-old William Anthony Taylor, crashed and ran off into the woods. ECSO K9 units were not nearby, so they asked other agencies to help look for the suspect.

The sheriff’s office says that Taylor was picked up in another vehicle and had left the area. A black BMW transporting Taylor was occupied by 41-year-old Caroline Lewis and 37-year-old James Moseley. The sheriff’s office says that drugs were also found in this vehicle.

Taylor has been charged with felony fleeing to elude and numerous other drug and weapon charges.

Lewis and Moseley have both been charged with possession. More charges could be pending, according to the sheriff’s office.

No one was injured. ECSO says the suspect was taken to the hospital to get checked out as part of standard procedures following a crash.

James Moseley (L) and Carolina Lewis (R).
James Moseley (L) and Carolina Lewis (R). (Source: Effingham County Sheriff's Office)

PREVIOUS STORY: Law enforcement officers are currently pursuing an armed suspect near the intersection of Meldrim Road and Highway 80.

Officers from the Georgia State Patrol, Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Department of Public Safety are all on scene.

We do not have any more information about the situation at this time, but law enforcement is asking people to avoid the area.

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