May 7, 2021

Armed suspect arrested after manhunt in Rankin County

Therese Apel

On Thursday evening, Rankin County deputies were dispatched to the area of George Warren Road near Shiloh Road for a report of an individual who had said he was going to commit suicide himself, or force a "suicide by cop."

Police said Randy Gilmore, 27, of Florence, had multiple weapons with him.

Deputies immediately began searching the area to attempt to make contact with him. Information was received that Gilmore may have obtained a ride and was soon thereafter spotted at Todd’s Country Junction at the intersection of Shell Oil Road and Highway 18.

A Rankin County deputy quickly arrived on scene and attempted to talk with Gilmore, who then ran into the woods near the store.

Additional Rankin County deputies were called to the scene to assist with the search.

The initial search of the area was suspended, however deputies remained in the area throughout the night.

A call came in this morning that a man who fit Gilmore’s description was trying to flag motorists down for a ride.
Deputies went to the area and were able to quickly identify Gilmore and take him in to custody without further incident. He was transported to the Rankin County Jail and charged with disorderly conduct/failure to comply. He will appear before a Rankin County Justice Court judge for his initial appearance early next week.

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