MONROE, Ga. — A man suspected of killing his wife was found on the third day of a massive manhunt.
Jerome Ray Mobley reportedly had shot himself after a homeowner on Hestertown Road saw him Friday afternoon.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said Mobley shot himself and the homeowner called 911, then waited with Mobley until help arrived. Mobley was being flown to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta with serious injuries.
The sheriff’s offices in Walton and Morgan counties each had put up $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the 39-year-old suspect.
Mobley was wanted on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault and two counts of first-degree child cruelty. He is accused of fatally shooting his estranged wife at a home on Knox Chapel Road east of Social Circle on Wednesday morning.
The couple’s two children were inside the home at the time of the attack, but both are safe now.
Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman had said there were two distinct blood trails inside the home, and investigators found blood in the truck they believe Mobley used to flee the scene. The truck was found in Morgan County about a mile and a half from the home, which is near the Hard Labor Creek State Park.
Officers searching the nearby woods for Mobley found a belt, covered with blood. They believe he likely used that belt to form a tourniquet to staunch his bleeding.
Chapman said he did not know if the wound was so severe to require medical care.
The U.S. Marshals Service had been asked to join the search due to the possibility Mobley left the area or even the state.
The Barrow, Gwinnett, Morgan and Walton sheriff’s offices contributed to the search effort, as did agents from the Georgia State Patrol, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Corrections and Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Doraville police officers also have been engaged in the search. In all, more than 100 officers and agents have participated.
The Social Circle City Schools curtailed outdoor activities Thursday and Friday.
Mobley was arrested in the past for domestic violence, and Chapman said the victim had protective orders. He also said her family was trying to have Mobley’s bail revoked from previous arrests.
He was considered “armed and dangerous” prior to his capture Friday.Walton Tribune Managing Editor Cosby Woodruff contributed to this report.