Sheriff: Panola County manhunt suspect was federal fugitive

The manhunt reportedly started as a pursuit.
Published: Feb. 10, 2023 at 1:19 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2023 at 6:25 PM CST
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PANOLA COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - The suspect who sparked a multi-agency manhunt Friday afternoon was a wanted federal fugitive.

Panola County Sheriff Cutter Clinton gave an update on the incident via a video posted to social media where he identified the suspect as Brandon Greer, of Tyler. Clinton said Greer was a federal fugitive after fleeing a halfway house, in addition to being suspected of involvement in a local burglary involving stolen firearms.

Clinton said Greer initially refused to pull over when a deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop and a pursuit began. The pursuit ended in the Snap community after Greer attempted to drive through a pasture and into a wooded area where his vehicle wrecked out.

Greer was taken into custody after he allegedly refused to heed verbal commands given over a loudspeaker. Clinton said Greer’s refusal to respond resulted in the use of “reasonable force” by officers who said the suspect was being non-complaint as they attempted to take him into custody.

The apprehension came almost two hours after the sheriff’s office announced they were searching for an armed fugitive in the area of CR 108 and CR 1081.

Clinton confirmed Greer was being held in the Panola County Jail. It’s not known what charges will be filed against him.