Ga. Sheriff's Deputy Shot Multiple Times in Chest

Nov. 4, 2022
A detention officer with the Henry County Sheriff's Office was taken to the hospital in critical condition in an apartment shooting that also left another man dead.

Authorities are searching for a man they say fired at a deputy Friday afternoon in a Henry County neighborhood in a shooting that also killed another man.

The Henry sheriff’s office confirmed about 1:30 p.m. that an incident occurred at Haddon Place apartments along Hopewell Place. Several law enforcement and SWAT vehicles are crowding parts of the complex, Channel 2 Action News reported, and crime scene tape is strung up around a wooded area.

Authorities said a detention officer was shot multiple times in the chest and taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The suspected shooter was identified by the sheriff’s office as 32-year-old Brentson Bernard Thomas. Authorities said he is on the run and driving a gray Toyota Camry with Georgia tag CKD8148. According to a lookout alert, Thomas should be considered “armed and dangerous” and is wanted in separate incidents in Miami, Florida, and Clayton County.

“Mr. Thomas, I recommend that you turn yourself in because we will not eat, sleep or get any rest until we take you into custody. Turn yourself in,” Sheriff Reginald Scandrett told reporters at the scene.

Another man at the scene was killed, Morrow police said. His name was not released and authorities did not say what happened to him.

No details were released about what led to the incident or what the detention officer was doing at the location. Residents were asked to avoid the area as the investigation remains active.

Friday’s shooting came two months after two Cobb County deputies were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant. Jonathan Randall Koleski and Marshall Samual Ervin Jr. were shot Sept. 8. Christopher Patrick Golden, 30, was arrested at the scene and faces murder charges.

A year ago, Henry police Officer Paramhans Desai died while responding to a domestic incident near McDonough. He remained in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital until Nov. 8, four days after the shooting, when he died with his family by his side, police said. He was 38 and married with two children.

The man accused of killing Desai, Jordan Jackson, was on the run for several days until being found inside a Clayton County apartment, according to police. Seconds before Jackson was captured, the 22-year-old shot and killed himself, police said.

Anyone with information on Thomas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Henry police Detective Barefoot at 770-288-8278 or [email protected].


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