By Joe Beck
A fugitive described by the Warren County Sheriff's Office as armed and dangerous has turned himself in to law enforcement authorities in West Virginia, Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said Wednesday.
Shawn Anthony Tackett, 37, was wanted in Warren County for grand larceny and identified by authorities as a suspect in the theft of a 9mm pistol. Sheriff's Office officials have accused Tackett of making threats against family members and speaking about taking out any law enforcement officer who would try to return him to jail.
The Sheriff's Office also has said that Tackett was under the influence of methamphetamine and charged in the past with manufacturing and distributing the drug. He is also wanted on child support payment offenses.
McEathron said Tackett is being held without bond at the South Central Regional in Charleston, W.Va. His return to Warren County is uncertain.
"He's got to go for an extradition hearing," McEathron said in an interview. "If he doesn't fight extradition, then we'll go pick him up."
McEathron said an investigator in West Virginia's Kanawha County tracked down Tackett after the Warren County Sheriff's Office sent out information about him to several states thought to be his possible destinations.
"The investigator was able to track him down and make contact with him, and he turned himself in," McEathron said of Tackett.
Authorities said Tackett was last seen in Warren County driving a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup with bullet holes left in the tailgate and driver's side from a previous incident unrelated to the current investigation.
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