COVINGTON — The search is continuing for the suspect in the shooting death of a woman that occurred on Washington Street Friday morning.
Police have named the suspect as Hannibal Wayne McMullen, 47, of Covington. Police are asking anyone who has information about his whereabouts to call 911.
McMullen has been in contact with police and with family and friends via mobile phone, said Capt. Ken Malcom with the Covington Police Department.
"He's indicated to us and to anyone else he's spoken to that his desire is to turn himself in," Malcom said. "He's wanting to but for whatever reason he can't do it."
Malcom said McMullen seems to be "extremely distraught."
"We're trying to encourage him to turn himself in so we can end the search and move on to the next phase of the case," he said.
Additional officers have been called in to assist with the search, and the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol and U.S. Marshal's Service is also involved.
Malcom said McMullen has been in regular contact with family and friends via mobile phone.
"Everybody that has communicated with him has encouraged him to turn himself in," Malcom said.
McMullen is described as a black male, 5'11 and weighing 160 pounds.
McMullen was driving a blue Toyota Corolla with the license plate number BRJ 7930, according to police.
The victim, Ketitra Techelle Jones, 26, of Covington, had a Temporary Protective Order against McMullen, Malcom said. Jones and McMullen were in a romantic relationship that was severed several months ago, he said.
"She was concerned enough for her safety to get a TPO," he said.
McMullen owns a car detailing shop on Clark Street, he said.
Citizens who may come in contact with McMullen are encouraged not to approach him, as he is believed to be armed, but to call 911.
The shooting occurred at 10:51 a.m. Friday on Washington Street near Carroll Street. Witnesses heard several gun shots and saw a gun firing shots through the window of a blue Toyota Corolla into a silver Dodge Ram truck as both vehicles were traveling north, according to police.
The truck then crashed into the support pole of an awning at the Pure gas station on Washington Street.
Rev. James Russell was at the Pure station getting a cup of coffee when he said he heard gunshots and then saw the truck crash into a pole at the gas station.
Russell said he opened the door to the truck and saw Jones slumped over.
"She looked at me and she took her last breath," he said.
Keep checking www.newtoncitizen.com for updates.
Staff Reporter Michelle Floyd contributed to this report.