Fugitive on the run out of Ringgold for 32 years captured in Mexico

Greg Lawson was caught in Mexico and extradited back to Bienville Parish on Sept. 20, 2023.
Published: Sep. 20, 2023 at 5:06 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 10:21 PM CDT
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BIENVILLE PARISH, La. (KSLA) - A man who has been wanted out of Bienville Parish for more than 30 years has finally been captured.

On Wednesday, Sept. 20, Bienville sheriff’s deputies took over custody of Greg Lawson. He was being held in Houston after members of the FBI arrested him somewhere in Mexico.

Back in 1991, Lawson shot longtime rival Seth Garlington in Ringgold in what started as a fist fight but ended with the biggest shootout the Bienville Parish town had ever seen. Garlington was injured but survived the shooting.

[RELATED: Ringgold Shootout]

Lawson was arrested and brought to trial, which was held in the Claiborne Parish town of Homer.

Just as the jury was headed back into the courtroom to return its guilty verdict on a charge of attempted murder, Lawson fled the court. His truck was found a block away.

In the years that followed, sightings of Lawson seemed more like mysterious urban legends. Authorities got information that he was in Mexico or somewhere in South America. But then some recalled seeing him in Ringgold.