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GSP searching for armed suspect

John Wesley Walton ran from GSP and is considered to armed and dangerous. John Wesley Walton ran from GSP and is considered to armed and dangerous.
A GSP trooper caught up with Walton before he got away and stole a white 2012 Ford F150. A GSP trooper caught up with Walton before he got away and stole a white 2012 Ford F150.
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

GSP is searching for a suspect they consider to be armed and dangerous.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, GSP conducted a traffic stop on Old Valdosta Rd. near the intersection of GA 122.

During the stop, 35-year-old John Wesley Walton of Naylor, Ga. provided a false name and date of birth. 

While trying to arrest him, Walton ran from the scene.

The trooper caught up with Walton, but after a struggle he got away and ran into the woods.

The trooper followed Walton to a nearby residence where he stole a white 2012 Ford F150 with a gun inside the truck and headed north down Old Valdosta Rd. 

GSP has issued a  'be on the look out' for Walton to surrounding agencies. 

"He is considered armed and dangerous. He had a fire arm during the traffic stop and has since regained control of another firearm. So if they do perhaps see him contact local law enforcement or state patrol," said Cpl. Chris Kelch with GSP.

Inside Walton's vehicle they found about a gram of meth, a pipe, a handgun, handcuffs, and pepper spray. 

Walton has prior convictions and was recently released from the Brooks Co. jail.  

Authorities believe he is still in the Valdosta area. 

He's 6ft, 200-210 pounds, with a shaved head and well built. 

Walton faces several charges that include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and theft by taking.

Anyone with information on Walton's whereabouts is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency or the GSP at (229) 386-3333.

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