Search called off after police capture suspect

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Residents in the panhandle portion of Muscogee County were warned late Monday morning that a dangerous subject was in their area and to stay in their homes.

Columbus Police officers said a ward of the state with a mental condition walked away from a halfway house in the area earlier Monday morning.  They tell News Leader 9 that he wanted to speak to his doctor.

"After we talked with the resident doctors as to this particular patients mindset, we then established a perimeter of police officers," explained Lt. Mark Starling.

The man was later captured by police at a firing range on Fort Benning.

Due to his mental state, authorities are not releasing the man's name and as of right now he is not being charged with anything.  The man was returned to West Central Georgia Regional Hospital.

Several residents in the area say they did not know there was a halfway house in their area and think the State of Georgia, who runs the facility, should have notified them.

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