Law enforcement officers in Hampton, Ga., a city about 25 miles south of Atlanta, caught Michael Lynn Sherer Thursday afternoon.
Law enforcement officials from both Walker and Winston counties had been searching for Sherer for the past two weeks. Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said his staff also contacted representatives with the U.S. Marshals Service Tuesday to assist in the manhunt.
“There has been a large amount of man-hours expended on this case,” he said. “They (Winston County Sheriff’s Office) have worked really hard on this, and we have, too.”
Tirey said Sherer was taken into custody by officers of the Hampton Police Department without incident. Hampton Police responded to a call of suspicious activity at a motel room Sherer purchased.
Sherer faces capital murder charges in Walker County. Tirey said investigators with the Sheriff’s Office were sent to collect evidence from the motel room where Sherer was arrested, which could include the weapon used in the shooting.
Sherer is the only suspect in the shooting death of his uncle, Thomas Lynn Smith, 56. The incident occurred on Aug. 21 at Smith’s home on Edgil Road. Tirey said investigators believe the dispute involved a robbery. Sherer fled the scene of the Edgil Road shooting in Smith’s maroon 1989 Ford Econoline van with a firearm, according to investigators. Tirey said the van was recovered by Hampton Police during Sherer’s arrest in Georgia.
Sherer escaped from the Winston County Jail on Aug. 5. He was serving a sentence for charges of robbery and writing bad checks. Sherer was one of six inmates to escape the jail in recent weeks.
Winston County Sheriff Ed Townsend said the escapes took place after several inmates were moved from the jail’s main cell block to a work release building. The transfer occurred because the jail’s main facility exceeded fire standards for occupants, he said. Townsend said inmates with charges of misdemeanors or Class C felonies were moved to the work release building.
Townsend said he protested the transfer because the work release building had no locks, alarms or guards. However, he was bound by a court order filed by the local fire marshal, Townsend said.
Since the escape, the court order has been modified, and the door is now barricaded, Townsend said. He added the Winston County Commission will pay for a fence and gate around the structure.