On Monday, December 17, 2012 at approximately 14:00 PM, Investigators with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's office assisted Prec.# 1 Constable Mickey Henson along with the Grand Saline Police Department to execute a Felony warrant at a location on VZCR 1313.
Intel provided that the wanted suspect had just arrived at the location in a blue or green colored Ford truck. Upon arrival to the location, authorities observed 2 subjects inside a green Ford truck. The occupants of the truck spotted authorities and quickly fled the scene, south east from the residence and down a narrow wooded trail. Due to the rough terrain, authorities had to continue the search on foot and attempt to locate the vehicle. The vehicle was located where it had run through the woods, over a fence and was abandoned, with both doors open and still running. The vehicle was cleared and it was determined at that point, the ignition had been defeated and it was confirmed the vehicle was stolen out of Dallas.
Investigator Burns set up a command post and requested responding units to set up a perimeter. D.P.S. Helicopter, Canton Air 1 Helicopter along with Canton Police K9 unit responded to the scene and a search for the suspects began. Authorities were advised that the wanted subject Jimmy Don Thompson had recently made threats to kill law enforcement to keep from going back to prison and was considered armed and dangerous.
Later Intel reported that Thompson was hiding in a barn nearby the scene and was requesting a ride. Authorities surrounded and searched several barns but could not locate him. It has been determined later through Intel, that the suspect had been receiving information through his cell phone, from an unknown source that was providing the whereabouts of law enforcement by monitoring a Police scanner.
Burns called off the helicopters, contacted dispatch over the radio that the man hunt was terminated and all units would be clear. Shortly after, Intel provided that Thompson had received information that the search was terminated and he needed a ride.
Units devised a plan to apprehend Thompson by utilizing a family member's vehicle. Units approached Thompson's location in the vehicle and lured him to walk towards it. As Thompson approached the vehicle, Units rushed out of the vehicle, Thompson was tased and then placed into custody. Thompson was booked in the Van Zandt County jail for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle pending arraignment. He will be facing evading arrest charges at a later date. The other suspect is still at large but has been identified and Felony warrants will be issued for that person's arrest.
"Every agency came together and as a team and was utilized to execute a strategy that ended up apprehending this wanted fugitive. We would like to thank the Grand Saline Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Canton Police Department, Van Zandt County District Attorney's Office, Constables and Deputies for all their hard work and willingness to work together."---Investigator Jason Burns Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office.
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