On Wednesday, July 6, a Columbia County Detention Facility inmate escaped while assigned to a work crew doing lawn maintenance at a county facility in the Fort White area.
Steven Swain Shuman, 22 walked off the work site around 11:10 am. He was one of three inmates working in that area. Once the supervising Detention Deputy discovered his absence, Patrol Deputies along with additional Detention Deputies responded to the area and set up a perimeter.
DOC canines were requested and attempted a track; however it is believed he left the area on foot then got into a prearranged vehicle. Detectives have assumed the investigation. It is suspected that he may be headed to Jacksonville where he lived with his wife prior to his incarceration.
Shuman was in the County Jail due to an arrest by Lake City Police on misdemeanor traffic, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony warrant out of Duval County for forging a check.
He is considered a non-violent offender and if anyone has any information on his whereabouts contact the Sheriff’s Office at 386-758-1095 or Crime Stoppers at 386-754-7099.
This is an active and ongoing investigation.
He is 5’9” 130 brown hair and eyes