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Suspected gunman found hiding in woods after day-long manhunt in Zachary

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ZACHARY - The search for a suspect accused of shooting a victim in the head came to an end Friday afternoon after multiple law enforcement agencies were able to take him into custody. 

The suspect, 51-year-old Jack Ealy, was arrested Friday afternoon through a joint effort between the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, the Zachary Police Department and the Dixon Correctional Institute.

The search effort continued starting at 2 p.m., according to the EFPSO, when the groups convened at the place they had lost the trail previously. They were still waiting on some of the search parties to arrive when they heard reports of a sighting near the intersection of LA-412 at Plank Road. 

Law enforcement was able to move and apprehend Ealy hiding in the nearby woods. Ealy was taken to Lane Medical Center to be inspected for injuries before he was arrested. 

"They've been out all night looking for him. So it's been 16, 18 hours that he's been out in the wooded area. So we wanted to make sure everything was right with him before we take him to East Feliciana jail," Zachary Chief Darryl Lawrence said.

Ealy is accused of shooting the victim, 37-year-old Kenneth O'Connor, while O'Connor was inside a pickup truck. Zachary Police Chief Darryl Lawrence told WBRZ the man was taken to a Baton Rouge hospital where he was in serious condition with a gunshot to the head. Lawrence said Friday morning the victim was still in critical condition but is expected to survive. 

There was no immediate word on what led to the shooting.


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