Two Law Enforcement Agencies Effect Arrest in North Putnam Woods

Danny McGuirt

Palatka FL: On Monday July 18, 2017, at approximately 4:00 pm the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office received a request for assistance from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. Clay deputies were searching for 32-year-old Danny Scott McGuirt Jr, on an active warrant for the violation of a no contact order. Clay investigators had received information leading them to believe McGuirt was possibly hiding at a location on West Tocoi Road in the Bostwick area of Putnam County. Putnam deputies, Blaine Moody, Emmett Merritt and Jared Davis responded to assist and met with Clay deputies, Jimmy Tomlinson, Rick Miller and Dimitri Santiago near the residence. McGuirt spotted the deputies approaching the house and fled into a heavily wooded area to the North of the house. Deputy Moody deployed his K9 partner, Bach, and began tracking McGuirt through an area of thick woods, dense underbrush and very rugged terrain. Seeing Deputy Moody had initiated a track, Clay County Deputy Rick Miller immediately trailed Deputy Moody and Bach into the woods to provide backup and cover for the K9 team. After approximately 30 minutes of tracking through dense undergrowth, Bach located McGuirt holed up under the root-ball of a fallen tree. McGuirt was arrested without further incident and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he was booked on the Clay warrant and is being held for Clay County without bond.

In response to the K9 track and subsequent arrest, Sheriff Gator DeLoach said “We had two agencies coming together on short notice and working together flawlessly. This is a testament to the amount and quality of the training provided to deputies by both agencies. Thus allowing deputies who had never met to step seamlessly into a potentially dangerous situation and work shoulder to shoulder without hesitation or confusion on either side”.


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