|Thompson sought for two warrants |
|Posted: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:00 pm |
Marcus Dwayne Thompson (Mark Thompson)
A fugitive who apparently led authorities on a chase landing him in a local hospital had two warrants against him.
According to U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Tennessee Jeffrey Holt, 44-year-old Marcus Dwayne Thompson (Mark Thompson) was sought by authorities in Texas for violation of the sex offender registry and violation of parole.
Holt said local marshals received a lead from Texas, which led them to Martin in search of Thompson.
The marshal said there are certain standards of cases which prompt agencies to involve U.S. Marshals. Holt said typically they are called to help capture fugitives who are violent offenders or sex offenders.
In this case, Thompson reportedly absconded from Ellis County, Texas when he failed to meet the conditions of the sex offender registry. Thompson was convicted in Texas in 2002 for indecent contact with a child. He was ordered to serve two years in prison and placed on the sex offender registry for life. The last report date for Thompson was listed in 2011 in Texas. Holt said information led marshals to Martin, where Thompson was seen Thursday on University Street.
Thompson was reportedly traveling east on University Street in Martin Thursday afternoon when U.S. Marshals attempted to stop him. Thompson apparently tried to make a quick turn onto Skyhawk Parkway when his gold SUV collided with a bystander’s vehicle.
He is accused of attempting to assault a federal agent with his vehicle in an effort to flee the scene.
It was then when marshals returned with gunfire. Thompson was shot in the process.
Thompson was reportedly undeterred by the gunshots as he led marshals and members of the Martin Police Department on a vehicle pursuit through Martin which ended at a residence on Church Street. He received first aid from Martin Fire Department emergency responders and members of the Weakley County Ambulance Service in the driveway of the home before being transported by ambulance to Volunteer Community Hospital.
He was still in the hospital as of press time. No other charges have been filed, but Thompson could face charges of aggravated assault against an officer and reckless endangerment. Holt said the FBI and TBI are handling the investigation and the case will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney General’s office as well as the district attorney general’s office.