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Two arrested, three sought after raid

Items seized from Wednesday’s raid on a West Gordon Avenue apartment are displayed at the Dougherty County Courthouse.

Items seized from Wednesday’s raid on a West Gordon Avenue apartment are displayed at the Dougherty County Courthouse.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Two Albany men are in jail and deputies are searching for three others after a raid on what turned out to be a possible drug house Wednesday.

Bobby Ray Shorts, 60, has been charged with an array of crimes, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of cocaine and marijuana after deputies arrived at his apartment on West Gordon Avenue Wednesday afternoon to serve an arrest warrant for a probation violation.

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Capt. Craig Dodd answers questions from the media during a news conference Thursday at the Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Craig Dodd of the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office says that when the two-member warrant team attempted to serve the warrant, five people that were inside the apartment tried to flee.

Shorts and Demontavious Lamont Davis, 22, were apprehended. Three other men -- including a man believed to be Jordy Lamar Moore, 27 -- escaped and are being sought by sheriff's deputies.

Davis, who attempted to rush past deputies in an effort to escape according to Dodd, was incapacitated using a electric stunning device.

"The reality of the situation was that if Shorts had just gone with the deputies, locked his house, none of this would've happened," Dodd said.

Shorts and Davis were booked into the Dougherty County Jail.

Found at the residence were drugs valued at near $1,000, counterfeit $50 bills, ammunition, a Ruger handgun and an SKS rifle.

"These are the kind of weapons we want off the streets," Dodd said, "not the kind owned by good taxpaying citizens who don't commit crimes with them."

Dodd said that the Ruger was previously reported stolen from a car. A complete trace by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been planned to track down the gun's previous owners, he said.