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03/31/08 - Cherokee County

Pursuit Leads To Arrest Of Fugitive In Cherokee County

Today, at about 2:00 pm, investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office Investigators and the United States Marshall's Office were conducting surveillance on Cherokee County Road 1804 in an attempt to pick up FBI Fugitive Thomas Dennis.

Mr. Dennis, of Omaha, Nebraska, was wanted on federal weapon and drug charges and had reportedly traveled to Cherokee County, Texas to avoid arrest and prosecution.

While watching the area, investigators saw a blue 1983 Ford Pick-up believed to match the description of the vehicle Mr. Dennis was reportedly driving. After following the vehicle for some time, Investigators observed the truck to have pulled into the driveway of a residence in the area and recognized Mr. Dennis standing near the driver's door. At that time, Investigators exited their vehicles and began ordering Mr. Dennis to the ground.

Mr. Dennis then entered the driver's door of the still running truck and began backing up at a high rate of speed. Investigators fired two shots into the front tire of Mr. Dennis' truck in an attempt to disable the vehicle and prevent him from injuring himself or one of the officers.

Mr. Dennis' vehicle was not disabled to the point that he could not continue his escape.

At that time, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and US Marshall personnel entered into a vehicle pursuit with Mr. Dennis which ended at the intersection of Cherokee County Road 1816 and 1815 when Mr. Dennis wrecked his vehicle while trying to maneuver a turn. At that time, Mr. Dennis exited his vehicle and began fleeing into the nearby woods. Mr. Dennis was pursued on foot by Investigators and apprehended in the area.

Mr. Dennis was transported to the federal holding facility in Tyler, Texas where he will await transport back to Omaha, Nebraska.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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