A Sherman man will be facing will be facing additional charges following a manhunt in Bells that involved the combined efforts of nearly a dozen area law enforcement agencies. While initial reports only detailed charges of the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, additional charges were filed in the case Wednesday.
Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen said Gregory Blair, 29, now faces charges for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of body armor by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sherman police were initially contacted by a resident who said Blair had stolen a red Ford F-150 and a handgun. Due to a tracking device in the vehicle, law enforcement were able to locate the truck in a field in Bells.
During the investigation, a second source told law enforcement officials that the suspect had made threats and posed a danger to himself and others.
This lead to the special response units for Sherman, Grayson County, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice being brought in to assist. In total, officers from Fannin County Sheriff’s Office, Bells Police Department, Tom Bean Police Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Whitewright Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and Ector Police Department also assisted due to the size of the wooded area where officials believed the suspect was hiding.
GCSO Capt. Sarah Bigham said Tuesday that the suspect was located in a creek bed by multiple K-9 units and a team of horseback officers after a two-hour search. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, officials said Tuesday.
Initial reports said that Blair was armed with a handgun and a shotgun, but Mullen could not confirm that a shotgun was recovered. However, Mullen was able to confirm that Blair was found to be in possession of body armor.
Blair is currently being held at the Grayson County Jail, and no bond has been set.
Herald Democrat reporter Drew Smith contributed to this article.