SHADY HILLS (FOX 13) - The night was long, miserable, and wet for Brandon Goggins. After a massive two-day manhunt -- involving helicopters, K-9s, and dozens of squad cars, the 30-year-old fugitive finally popped up Friday morning.
"He had scratches up and down his body, he was covered in mud, had a walking stick with him," recalled Jessica Weightman.
Weightman says Goggins showed up on her family's farm right across from Safety Town -- where deputies were focusing -- on State Road 52. He'd spent some of the night in the swamp across the road. The property owners said they ran into him this morning -- the beginning of the end of 20-hour manhunt.
"I asked who he was; he said his name was Chris," she continued. "I told him he was on private property he needed to leave."
Goggins' final moments on the run were beneath Weightman's brother Jeremy Griffin, who said he chased Goggins after realizing who he was.
"[It was] adrenaline, just making sure you got him," he explained. "There he is; we got him."
In the end, not a single shot was fired even though deputies had said Goggins told his girlfriend he wouldn't go down without a gunfight.
"He's running his mouth bragging, saying he was much smarter than us," Sheriff Chris Nocco said after Goggins was back in custody and being treated for exhaustion. "He's in handcuffs. It didn't work out well for him."