SIMPSON COUNTY, Mississippi -- A man suspected of killing a Simpson County Sheriff's deputy was captured and charged following a manhunt.
Joaquin Blackwell was charged with capital murder of a peace officer Mississippi Bureau of Investigation in the fatal shooting of Deputy James Blair, according to The Clarion Ledger.
As the 22-year-old Blackwel was being taken to the Region 8 Mental Health Services building under a court order on Friday, he took a gun from 77-year-old deputy and fatally shot him before he ran into the woods.
Blackwell was captured Saturday by the Special Response Team with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks on Saturday in the vicinity of the mental health facility.
"We found clothing of Mr. Blackwell and the magazine to the weapon that was used to kill Blair," SRT Commander Maj. Dale Bell told reporters. "One of the SRT officers found some ground disturbance near the tractor trailer where Blackwell was hiding and that's where he was found and apprehended, bringing some closure for the Blair family."
Blackwell was taken to the Rankin County jail.
Officials said there is an ongoing investigation to identify any others that may have helped Blackwell avoid arrest.