A lengthy search for fugitive Scotty Eugene Priest, 53 of Decatur County, Tenn., came to an end on Feb. 14, 2016, in Russellville when he was located at his daughter’s residence on East 4th Street. Numerous law enforcement agencies were looking for him including Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, the United States Marshall Service, FBI, and Homeland Security.
Priest was arrested Sunday and lodged in the Logan County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Decatur County, Tenn., where he is wanted for several charges including an attempt to commit an act of terrorism. According to the Decature County Sheriff’s Office, Priest made threats against law enforcement there through Facebook.
According to KSDK, a St. Louis television station, Priest spent some time allegedly hiding out in Marissa, Ill., according to the Caseyville police, who had put out an alert on their social media page.
Sheriff’s detectives in Decatur County say Priest became a fugitive weeks ago, after he led police on a car chase. When he failed to appear in court on those charges, he began posting ominous messages on Facebook instead. One, directed at Decatur county police officers, reads: ‘One shot, one kill from a long distance…kevlar won’t help a head shot.’
Priest surrendered to Kentucky Police without incident and no one was harmed. Priest was considered armed and dangerous.
“Thank you to everyone for your tips, and information,” said a Decatur County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.
Police agencies were searching for the felony fugitive in multiple states.
Priest is expected to be on his way back to Tennessee Monday morning to await trial.
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