MACON, Ga. – After more than a week on the run, law enforcement has arrested a suspect charged with murdering a man and shooting a Henry County detention officer at an apartment complex.
Officials said the US Marshals Fugitive Tax Force arrested 32-year-old Bretson Bernard Thomas at a hotel in Macon on Sunday afternoon. He made his first court appearance on Monday morning.
U.S. Marshals, the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia State Patrol, and the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force located Thomas at a motel on Riverside Drive. Florida law enforcement officials, the Atlanta Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies also assisted the Henry County Sheriff’s Office with the search.
“Sheriff Scandrett and I have been in contact since this happened, and we had heard earlier in the investigation, earlier in the manhunt that he might have gone through Macon,” said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis.
Thomas is charged with murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting at a McDonough apartment complex that claimed the life of 33-year-old Michael Brown III and seriously injured a Henry County Sheriff’s Detention Officer.
Henry County detention officer injured, man killed in apartment shooting
The shooting happened after 1pm on Friday November 4 at the Haddon Place apartments near the 4000 block of Willow Lane. Although many details of the shooting were not released, investigators said a man was killed and a Henry County detention officer was seriously injured but in stable condition. Police said the two men were shot multiple times.
The family said Michael Brown III lived in the apartment complex and worked there as a maintenance worker. They said Brown knew the suspect but were not friends.
“I don’t understand how he went from ‘Hey Mike, when can we hang out?’ to shoot my child,” Brown’s mother, Alicia Prado, told FOX 5.
They said they learned that apartment management warned Brown that Thomas had acted strangely and seemed angry at Brown for no apparent reason.
“His supervisor said, ‘Just watch out for guys, you know. He looks like he wants trouble with you. So my son – I guess he went to him and said ‘What’s going on?’ and he shot him. He shot him and his best friend,” Prado said.
The family said Brown and Officer Williams were childhood friends.
The Prados pray for the surviving victim.
3 arrested for obstructing capture of gunman suspected of shooting Henry County detention officer
From left to right, Dimarie Ayanna Coulter, Joseph Kimber and Lashonda Lay (Henry County Sheriff’s Office)
Last week, officials said they arrested two people and are still looking for a third accused of helping Thomas evade capture.
Both Joseph Kimber and Lashonda Lay were arrested for aiding and abetting Thomas’ escape. A third woman, Dimarie Ayanna Coulter, is wanted on similar charges, but was not in custody.
“Anyone who is supposed to aid and abet any of these people that we are looking for, Mr. Brentson Bernard Thomas, or either, Ms. Dimarie Ayanna Coulter, if we think you are aiding and abetting, you will go to jail “said Henry County Sheriff Reginald Scandrett.
Thomas had warrants for murder and two counts of aggravated assault. It is unclear if he will receive any additional fees.