Escaped Georgia inmate wanted to be in a Florida murder case kills himself, police say

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An armed, escaped Georgia inmate, who was identified as the prime suspect in the murder of a Florida man earlier this week, turned his gun on himself after officers closed in on him, police said on Wednesday.

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office, said Stephen Michael Smith, who was a 10-year prison sentence for robbery when he fled from his work detail in August.15, at the Clayton Transaction Center in Clayton County – was seen traveling along u.s. Highway 98 in gulf County late Tuesday night. The officials of the department and the U.s. Marshals Task Force, and then the car stopped at an intersection, in an attempt to make an arrest.

“The vehicle surrounded by law enforcement, Smith’s right to a gun to his head and committed suicide,” the ministry said in a statement.

Stephen Michael Smith, 34, is accused of the murder of a Florida man while they are on the road to Georgia authorities after a prison escape.
Gulf County Sheriff’s Office)

The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, had identified Smith as the prime suspect in the shooting death of a 30-year-old Daniel Lee Upton, of Lakeland, Fla.


Upton, was on Monday found dead at a house in Port St. Joe, on the Florida panhandle.

The Georgia Department of Corrections had issued a look-out for the next on Tuesday, and the u.s. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for his capture.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

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