A man shot himself while Georgia officers tried to question him about four jail escapees. He turned out to be a long-missing murder suspect.

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By journalsofus.com

Searching four men who escaped From a Georgia jail on Oct. 16, agents on Monday found a murder suspect who had been missing for more than seven months after allegedly being kidnapped.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force went to a Macon apartment after investigators received a tip about someone who might have information about the fugitives. They were greeted by someone firing a gun through the door, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis he told reporters.

On Friday, officers found an abandoned blue Dodge Challenger in the parking lot of a Macon supermarket that they believe was involved in the escape.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook

When a SWAT team arrived, a woman inside the apartment led them to an injured man. She told them that the man, Christian Demond Williams, had shot himself, deputies said. He was taken to a Macon hospital, where deputies said he was in critical condition Monday afternoon.

Davis said no officers fired their weapons.

Williams had been missing since March 5, the night before he was supposed to stand trial for murder in the 2021 shooting death of a man at a Macon convenience store. A security camera showed Williams, wearing a red hat, being attacked by two other men on the front porch of his home. Davis and District Attorney Anita Howard expressed doubt that Williams had actually been kidnapped.

The battery in Williams’ electronic ankle monitor had failed and the bail bond company did not notify officials or order Williams to charge it, Davis told WMAZ-TV in June.

“It’s a suspicious thing for a person to be kidnapped under surveillance cameras on the day they were supposed to appear in court,” Davis said previously.

Court records show Williams no longer has an attorney for the previous charges and is listed as representing himself. A phone call and email to his former attorney were not immediately returned.

On Monday, officers arrested the woman at the apartment, Mykia Mynesha Williams, and charged her with aiding the escape, jail records show. It is unclear if she is related to Christian Williams or if she has an attorney to speak for her, in part because a sheriff’s investigator did not return a phone call seeking information.

Locating four fugitives is sheriff’s ‘singular focus’

It’s a sharp turn in a jailbreak story, including another accused killer, that had already dominated the news in central Georgia. The four fugitives have been identified as Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell and Chavis Demaryo Stokes.

Christian Williams’ possible involvement with the four escaped inmates is currently under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

On Friday, Officers found a blue Dodge Challenger. abandoned in the parking lot of a Macon supermarket that they believe was involved in the escape. Authorities followed leads to locate the car, and Sheriff Davis said that he “appreciates the tips and every lead that we have received and that he is following up on them.”

The video showed that Challenger had been outside the jail earlier that night and appeared to show someone tampering with the fence. That person then brought some items into the closed area and the sheriff said investigators believe the items were used to help the men escape. The men escaped through a jail window and broke through the fence. The Challenger arrived and helped the four escape around 3 a.m. ET, authorities previously said.

Davis said Monday that locating the fugitives was his department’s “singular focus.”

“Let’s get them,” Davis said, addressing the men. “Let’s go find you. The footsteps are getting closer.”

A combined $73,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the inmates. The sheriff’s office is offering rewards of up to $20,000 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Macon Regional Crime Stoppers and the United States Marshals Service are offering additional compensation.

Fournier, 52, is a white man with gray hair and blue eyes who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He was being held for murder after being accused of killing his ex-girlfriend in February 2022.

Anderson, 24, is a black man with dreadlocks, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He is charged with aggravated assault.

Barnwell, 37, is a black man with braids, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He was being held on federal drug charges.

Stokes, 29, is a black man with short black hair, is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He was detained for the crimes of possession of a firearm and drug trafficking.

Joey Fournier, Marc Kerry Anderson, Johnifer Dernard Barnwell and Chavis Demaryo Stokes escaped from custody at the Bibb County Detention Center in Macon, Georgia, early Monday morning.

Bibb County Sheriff’s Office / Facebook

Anyone with information about the possible location of the inmates has been asked to report what they know to the respective FBI and U.S. Marshals Service tip lines at 1-800-CALL-FBI and 1 -877-WANTED2. People can also submit tips online through the FBI website or the U.S. Marshals Service app.

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