What happened to Fulton County deputy James Thomas? Fatally shot and killed inside car

 

 What happened to Fulton County deputy James Thomas? Fatally shot and killed inside car

In northwest Atlanta, deputy James Thomas was discovered shot to death in his car, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. Learn more about What happened to Fulton County deputy James Thomas in detail.

 


Who was deputy James Thomas?

The 24-year-old deputy who was discovered shot to death in his car on Thursday morning in northwest Atlanta has been identified by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deputy James Thomas died while not on duty on Thursday morning at about 4:30 a.m. He was personally hired by Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat from a law enforcement organization south of Atlanta, and he was described by Labat as “the life of the party” and a “good spirit.”

James Thomas, 24 was killed off duty in Atlanta, a Murrah High Grad, a former Jackson Police Officer, and Army Veteran. He was active in a Black LGBT social club fraternity in Jackson, MS &, and Atlanta, GA. He currently was a Fulton County, Georgia Sheriff Deputy.

Who was the suspect?

The shooter is still being sought by police. Authorities claim that after hearing allegations of a person being shot, cops were called to the location at around 4:30 a.m. They discovered a wrecked automobile with the victim still inside.

Investigators from the Atlanta police spoke with a van’s driver who had heard gunfire. Police don’t think that person is connected to the shooting, and they are cooperating with the detectives.

According to Atlanta police investigator Peter Malecki, “the van spotted the victim’s vehicle kind of traveling recklessly in the middle of the road on Bolton Road.” They “believe they heard gunfire when they went to pass that vehicle.”

Whether the deputy was shot before or after the collision is unknown. Malecki stated, “At this time, we are unsure if the gunman was a pedestrian on foot or if he was perhaps in another car.

In this situation, the award was upped to $30,000. Call the Atlanta Police Department or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS(8477) or leave a tip online at crimestoppersatlanta.org if you have any information that could aid the investigation.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office: Statement

The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of Deputy James Thomas. He was found shot and killed in his vehicle on Bolton Rd. early Thursday.

Fulton County Sheriff Pat Labat described Deputy Thomas as an “outstanding young man” who will be sorely missed. Others 11Alive spoke with say Deputy Thomas had a great passion for law enforcement. He joined the agency in August, recruited from another department for his incredible dedication and work ethic.

Adding to the heartbreak – Deputy Thomas was only 24 years old. Please keep his family and fellow deputies in your thoughts

***A reward for information on the killing has been increased to $30,000. Anyone with information is asked to contact APD or Crime Stoppers. They are hoping to make contact with anyone who might have been in the area of Bolton Road early Thursday who heard the gunfire or possibly saw anything suspicious beforehand.

 

Condolences to James Thomas

J.C. Reppert

Profound, Sincere, Condolences to the Family of Deputy Thomas, fellow LEOs & the community he so HUMBLY CHOSE to Serve.

Donna Wright

So sad thank you for your service sending prayers for your family. I hope they find the person that did this to you. And give them what they deserve.

Mary Hochkins

So tragically sad. My condolences and prayers to his family, fellow officers, and friends. Thank you for your Service Sir.

11Alive 

Deputy James Thomas, 24, was described by Sheriff Pat Labat on Thursday as an “outstanding young man” and the victim of a “heinous crime.” Thank you for your service, Deputy Thomas.

Talitrix

Our hearts go to the family of Deputy Thomas as they mourn this horrific tragedy. Our prayers and support go to the men and women of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Patrick Labat.

Sissy Ferrer Carter

For what reason? America has become a Country of hate against its people. Thank you for your service brother. RIP

Michael Ware

Unfortunately, these people breeding kids teach them zero mental toughness or responsibility, crap like this is the result of it!!!!

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