One caught, two missing after manhunt

By Ray Van Dusen

The Itawamba County Times

Two men were at large Thursday night and another was arrested after an extensive manhunt that began as a routine traffic stop Wednesday in Franklin County, Ala.

Marty Shakana Burney, 22, of 8308 Fairview Road in the Banner community, was in custody late Thursday afternoon.

Being sought were Ronald Vincent and Adam Miller, both white males in their mid-20's from Franklin County, Ala. Vincent was described as 6-feet 2-inches tall, 150 pounds with brown hair. Miller is 5-feet 8-inches tall, 160 pounds with black hair.

The men face charges of eluding officers, escape and theft of a vehicle.

Sheriffs officers said that when authorities tried to stop the three men Wednesday, they tried to escape but pulled over, possibly because their vehicle malfunctioned.

“Two of the subjects were apprehended and put in the backseat of a patrol car while officers searched for the other person in a remote, hilly area 100 feet away,” said Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott. “We're assuming the third subject somehow snuck back around, let the two out of the vehicle, and then stole the other patrol car from the scene.”

The Itawamba County Sheriff's Department was alerted about the stolen patrol car heading their way.

“A member of a local volunteer fire department was the first to spot the stolen car on Highway 23 and notified us. We already had units in the area and found the car dumped on Jericho Road,” said David Sheffield, Itawamba sheriff's investigator.

According to Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott, no damage was done to the car and only a pair of handcuffs was missing. He warned that one of the hunted men may have a handgun.

Law enforcement officers from the Itawamba County Sheriff's Department, Fulton Police Department, Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department, Belmont Police Department, Red Bay Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Lee County K-9 unit participated in the search.

“The mutual aid we've had between the departments has been very professional, and it is appreciated,” Plott said.

Two Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics helicopters were called to search the heavily wooded area.