Poulan Police Officers as well as virtually all available personnel from the Worth County Sheriff’s Office, Fire-Rescue, Grady EMS, and eventually GBI arrived to find a gruesome scene in Poulan just before 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
A woman and a man had both been shot in the head, and while the male victim was deceased, the female was reportedly alert and communicating with rescue workers as a Life Flight helicopter was dispatched. The chopper arrived just before 2:30 and landed in the baseball field in Poulan and departed with the female victim originally heading towards Tallahassee. However, the Life Flight crew soon learned that a neurosurgeon was working at the hospital in Thomasville and the helicopter was redirected so that the patient could receive the best care as quickly as possible.
As of Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that the female victim had been moved out of the intensive care unit in Thomasville. She was reportedly alert and could remember at least 90% of the events that had transpired on Christmas Eve.
As of press time, the GBI has not yet released the identity of the female victim. However, she is expected to recover from her injury.
As for the male, the GBI identified Poulan native Lonnie Jack Futrill, 47, as the deceased person involved in the incident. The Sylvester Local has also learned that Mr. Futrill was arrested and released in Thomas County on December 19 for unlawful eaves dropping or surveillance. The Thomas County Sheriff’s Office stated that the eaves dropping incident was being investigated by the GBI as well. Neither Thomas County nor Poulan Police could comment as the incidents were being investigated by the GBI.
After contacting the local GBI office in Sylvester, The Local was directed to the GBI’s headquarters in Atlanta for information regarding this case. As of press time, we are still awaiting an official statement from the GBI regarding this incident.
The Sylvester Local will provide more information on this story in next weeks edition.