Three shooters denied bond
by Jessica Loeding
Oct 05, 2011 | 2447 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Three men accused of firing on motorists and a Georgia State Patrol trooper over the weekend were denied bond in Cherokee County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon.

Judge James Drane III said, "They did not get any bond."

The decision was based on the three defendants' lack of contacts in the county and on the act of firing on a law enforcement officer, Drane said.

"That's not good," he said of the shooting. "We can't have that."

Arturo Ramirez, Edgar Ortega Maldanado and Jose Salvadore Lule are being held in the Cherokee County Detention Center, where the bond hearing was held Tuesday. Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jay Baker said U.S. Customs and Immigrations Enforcement has placed holds on Maldanado and Lule, and the agency is looking into Ramirez.

Ramirez and Lule are each charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and aggravated assault. Maldanado is charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and party to a crime.

The three men were captured Monday during a manhunt covering roughly 5,500 acres between Highway 20 and Lake Allatoona. All three were located in the same vicinity just over the Bartow County line in Cherokee County near Woodall Road and Sweetwater Trail.

GSP Capt. Paul Cosper said the three men were traveling in a Honda passenger car when they opened fire on motorists late Sunday afternoon. A GSP trooper patrolling the area near Highway 20 spotted the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop.

The passengers fired shots at the trooper, striking his car. Cosper said the trooper was not injured.

Bartow County Sheriff's Office deputies joined the pursuit, which ended near where the men were apprehended. When the vehicle stopped, the three suspects again fired at the trooper, who shot back, before fleeing on foot.

A search was coordinated for the area overnight Sunday and regrouped Monday morning. Special Weapons and Tactics teams from Bartow County and several other agencies, along with members of the Cartersville-Bartow County Drug Task Force, initiated a grid search Monday of the area between the command post at Woodall Road and Sweetwater Trail and Lake Allatoona.

The light-colored Honda was confiscated and Cosper said Monday morning no weapons or drugs were located inside the vehicle. DTF Commander Mark Mayton said it was unclear whether any of the men were armed when they were apprehended.