Officer, suspect shot in Ohio as warrant served for Danville fugitive

Published: Mar. 25, 2021 at 7:50 AM EDT
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(WDBJ) - An officer with the U.S. Marshals Task Force was shot Wednesday while executing a warrant at an Ohio home for a Virginia fugitive.

Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Canton Police SWAT Team and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 1700 block of Regent Avenue in Canton, Ohio, where they believed 33-year-old Aaron Pierre Thomas - a fugitive from the Danville area - was hiding. As officers approached the home, Thomas attempted to break a second-story window, according to police. The Marshals Service said he then ran out the front door and fired at officers. A member of the NOVFTF was hit and officers returned fire, hitting Thomas.

Thomas, who has a violent criminal history, according to the Marshals Service, was wanted by the Danville Police Department and was issued warrants March 22 for armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault. Through citizen tips, Thomas and another man, 28-year-old Antonio Stanfield, were identified as suspects in a March 14 robbery in Danville. Stanfield has been charged with robbery.

Along with 33-year-old Aaron Thomas, Antonio Stanfield, 28, was charged in a March 14 robbery...
Along with 33-year-old Aaron Thomas, Antonio Stanfield, 28, was charged in a March 14 robbery in Danville.(Danville Police Department)

Danville Police officers with the Capital Area Fugitive Task Force believed Thomas fled from Virginia to Ohio to evade law enforcement and contacted the NOVFTF to help with his apprehension.

Both the officer and Thomas were treated at the scene before being transported to hospitals. The officer is in stable condition and will likely be released soon, according to police. Thomas is in critical condition, according to the Marshals Service.

A loaded firearm belonging to Thomas was found at the scene.

The Marshals Service and the Canton Police Department have both requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to conduct the investigation and review into the officer-involved shooting.

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