January 2, 2023

Handcuffed Man Escapes Columbus Police After Wreck

Morgan Howard

Mac Brandan Jonte' Shields,
On December 30, at 1:00 p.m. a handcuffed man escaped the Columbus Police Department.
Police are asking the public to help locate Mac Brandan Jonte’ Shields, of Spann Lane in Columbus. He is 21-years-old.
According to Columbus Police Chief Joseph Daughtry, officers responded to a car accident at the intersection of North and West Lehmberg Roads near the Highway 82 East overpass.
Shields was involved in the wreck but was not injured. An officer found a stolen firearm in his vehicle, so they placed him under arrest. While officers were placing him in a patrol car for transport, he pushed away from them and ran East into the woods on the other side of Lehmberg Road.
Chief Daughtry and his officers set up a perimeter in the area and searched for Shields for an extended time. “We could not locate him, and we are asking the public to know that he may be in the area. He was handcuffed behind his back and is five-foot-seven inches tall and has a thin build,” Chief Daughtry added.
Shields faces several felony charges, including possessing a stolen firearm and felony escape.
Chief Daughtry added that anyone found hiding or aiding Shields will be charged with hindering prosecution. Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers at 800-530-7151 or use the anonymous P3 app for any smartphone.

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