Police Arrest Man Responsible for Thomasville Shooting - SLIDES

By: Donnitra Gilbert, Caroline Gonzmart, Eyewitness News Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert, Caroline Gonzmart, Eyewitness News Email

[UPDATED] 8/25/2011 --- 6:45PM ----

People on the 600 block of East Clay Street in Thomasville say they had 'no idea' what was going on when local police and U.S. Marshals entered a vacant house with their guns drawn. (8/25)

Investigators say there was 'good reason' for the commotion.

Investigator Louis Schofill explains, "A K-9 dog had alerted on an area behind some air conditioning ductwork underneath some insulation [in the attic of the house]. Mr. Jackson had hidden and pulled insulation over himself."

Jackson was interviewed (8/25) and admitted to shooting an automatic handgun at another man last Friday. (8/19)

Since then, he had been getting shelter from family and by breaking into homes.

Jackson faces breaking and entering charges in addition to aggravated assault and possession of a gun by a registered sex offender.


[UPDATE] 8-25 Noon -

A wanted man was captured about an hour ago. He was hiding in the attic of an abandoned house in Thomasville.

U.S. Marshals say he had nestled himself into the insulation of an attic in a home at 612 East Clay Street.

The man they captured is 28 year old Darius Jackson.

Thomasville police say last Friday Jackson pulled up to a person's car, got out and fired a gun. They say one bullet grazed the back of the victim's neck.

Thomasville Police say that Darius Jackson was breaking into homes in Thomasville and hiding out. He was caught around 11:15 Thursday morning in the attic of a home he'd been hiding out at on 612 East Clay Street in Thomasville. Both Jackson and his girlfriend, whose name has not been released, were arrested.

The Thomasville Police Department, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office, US Marshals and the Florida Fugitive Task Force worked together to make the arrest.


Thomasville, Georgia - August 19, 2011

Officers say it happened on Friday, August 19 in the 500 block of West Calhoun Street.

Investigators say 28-year-old Darius Jackson pulled up to the victim's car, got out and fired a gun. They say one bullet grazed the back of the victim's neck.

"Anyone who may be harboring him or letting him hang out at their residence we want them to know they will be charged for harboring a fugitive," says Thomasville Police Department's Lieutenant Eric Hampton.

There is a cash reward for anyone with information about Darius Jackson's whereabouts. Anyone who knows anything about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 229- 227-3305.

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