On September 19th, 2020 at approximately 9:31 P.M. officers with the Marianna Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a black in color Toyota passenger car, located at 4230 Lafayette Street, Grocery Outlet parking lot. Contact was made with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Michael Jerome Bryant, identified by Florida driver’s license.
Officers detected the odor of marijuana emitting from within the vehicle and asked Bryant to exit the vehicle to conduct a probable cause search of the vehicle. As Bryant exited the vehicle he immediately fled the scene on foot to avoid detention. Bryant ran across Lafayette Street without regard for oncoming traffic and into a densely populated parking lot of Zaxby’s restaurant. As Bryant was crossing Lafayette Street, a black in color semi-automatic handgun fell from his person. Bryant proceeded to flee on foot through several parking lots and into a wooded area near Orange Street. Officers with the Marianna Police Department were able to apprehend Bryant after a prolonged foot pursuit. Bryant was taken to Jackson Hospital where he was treated for his minor injuries and medically cleared. Bryant was then transported to Jackson county Correctional Facility to await first appearance.
Michael Jerome Bryant, B/M, 31 YOA, Marianna, FL.
Charges: Felon In Possession of Firearm, Unlicensed Concealment of Firearm,Resist Officer Without Violence,Violation of Probation.
Chief Hayes Baggett would like to thank the citizens who assisted officers with the apprehension of this suspect.