Around 10:30 p.m., a helicopter hovered over the Goodyear Village neighborhood, near U.S. Hwy. 278, for several minutes. However, police still had not found the man late Sunday.
Rockmart police were dispatched around 9:30 a.m. to the Nathan Dean Parkway (Hwy. 278) to assist Floyd EMS with a combative patient. A Floyd EMS ambulance had parked on the shoulder of the road after a 74-year-old man who was being transported reportedly became combative and aggressive with the medics.
Floyd EMS Bud Owens said the man and a woman showed up at the Floyd EMS station on Nathan Dean Parkway seeking assistance. And that when the EMS crew came out to try to help, that the man fled. Owens says the man was never in an ambulance.
Floyd EMS requested police assistance.
However, before police arrived on the scene, the man fled on foot in the direction of the Walmart. Witnesses said he was last seen entering a wooded area behind the store.
The man was described as an elderly white male, 74 years old, wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a straw hat.
Police initiated a massive search of the area and tracking dogs were brought in, with both Rockmart and Cedartown K-9 units taking part.
Police advised residents to keep their doors locked. The man possibly had a knife, police said.
Empty buildings throughout the area were searched.
This story has been edited to correct a statement. The patient was never inside the ambulance