By Kim Adams Graham
Jeffery Danner and Kaleb Kirkland have received multiple charges for allegedly committing a string of crimes across Bullock County.
The crime spree allegedly began in Barbour County, spread across Bullock County, and ended in Cherokee County, GA.
The two men supposedly stole a vehicle in Barbour County, drove to Bullock County, and then stole a Bonnie Plant Farm truck from Clayton Pugh's residence on County Road 55.
The Bonnie Plant Farm truck was wrecked a short distance down the road.
The two men allegedly then walked to the home of Katie Moore, also located on County Road 55.
Gunshots were fired, and bullets struck Moore's home.
The two men forcibly entered her residence with guns in their hands and demanded her car keys.
They took Moore's 9 mm handgun and fled the scene in her 2016 Jeep Cherokee.
The two suspects then traveled to Highway 110, where they wrecked Moore's Jeep Cherokee.
At that time, Eric and Teresa North were traveling on Highway 110 and stopped to help the suspects.
The suspects robbed them at gunpoint and took their cellphones and their 2017 Ford Escape. A cell phone was left in the car under the seat the suspects were driving.
Little did the suspects know, but the cellphone eventually led law enforcement to their location.
Further down the road, the suspects had an encounter with Vincent Stewart. They fired several rounds into his vehicle, striking him in the right shoulder.
The suspects made their way to I85 and headed toward Georgia.
While the crime spree was going on, Sheriff Rodgers and deputies were not far behind the suspects.
Deputies responded to Moore's home on County Road 55 and quickly gathered information. In a short time, the deputies learned about Moore's Jeep being wrecked on 110 and North's vehicle being taken on 110.
Upon learning that North's cellphone was in the car, a friend of North's began tracking suspects' movements and passing the information on to the Bullock County deputy.
Their location was tracked as they traveled north on I85 into Georgia.
Police in Ball Ground, GA, spotted North's vehicle after being informed they were in their area.
A car pursuit was engaged, and the suspects wrecked the vehicle and fled into a wooded area.
Additional units and the Cherokee County Multi-Agency SWAT Team were called to the scene. Several law enforcement agencies arrived on the scene to assist, including a Georgia State Patrol helicopter who spotted the suspects and confirmed they were armed.
Gunshots were exchanged between law enforcement and suspects. One suspect was shot in the neck by law enforcement. After a three-hour standoff, the other suspect surrendered, and both men were taken into custody late Sunday afternoon.
Hunter Caleb Kirkland, 27, of Taylor, Alabama, was the suspect who was shot. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, he was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta for treatment and later transferred to Grady Hospital in Atlanta for surgery. Kirkland was armed with a rifle during the standoff, the GBI reported. The other suspect, Jeffrey Danner, 30, of Dothan, AL, complained of a medical issue shortly after being arrested and was transported to Northside Hospital Cherokee.
After being evaluated at the hospital, Danner was booked into the Cherokee County jail on four counts of aggravated assault against a police officer, fleeing and attempting to elude police, and simple battery against a police officer. He is being held without bond.
No law enforcement officers were hurt.
"As with all officer-involved shootings, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was notified and will be investigating the incident. Both suspects will be charged with aggravated assault on a police officer.
According to a report in the Dothan Eagle newspaper, Danner was charged by Dothan police in December with assault against his ex-wife. According to that report, Danner is accused of striking the woman in the head with a handgun, which was then discharged, and the bullet grazed her head.
In January of 2020, Danner was ordered into mental health treatment after he reportedly got into an altercation with family members in nearby Barbour County, Alabama, and pulled a gun. In that instance, he was taken into custody after a several-hour standoff with police, according to a report in the Dothan Eagle.
Sheriff Rodgers thanks the following agencies for assisting the apprehension of the suspects: Union Springs Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Macon County Sheriff's Department, Auburn Police Department, Opelika Police Department, Chambers County Sheriff's Department, Alabama State Troopers, and a special thanks to Jean Ellis of the Union Springs Police Department for an excellent job in dispatching.
Jeffery Danner, Jr. of Ariton, AL and Kaleb Kirkland of Dothan, AL, were arrested and charged with three counts of robbery in the first degree, two counts of theft of property in the first degree, one count of attempted murder, one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle.
Bullock County Sheriff Rodgers thanks Sgt. Chad Faulkner, Deputy Kervin Lewis, Deputy Melvin Grooms, and Deputy Roderick Rover for their quick response, which led to the suspects' arrest within hours.