Officials investigating after U.S. Marshal shot while tracking ‘violent’ fugitive in Canton

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CANTON, Ohio (WJW) — Officials held a press conference Wednesday evening, after a member of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force was shot in Canton.

Members of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF), the Canton Police SWAT Team and Deputies from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 1700 block of Regent Ave. Wednesday evening where fugitive Aaron Pierre Thomas, 33, was believed to be hiding. 

Thomas was wanted by the Danville Police Department in Virginia.  Officials believe he fled from Virginia to Ohio and was actively hiding from law enforcement. 

Members of the task force had cornered the fugitive in a home, when he reportedly came out shooting multiple rounds at law enforcement, who fired back at him. Thomas was reportedly shot and wounded as well, and was administered first aid on the scene.

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U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said that the officer shot in the line of duty is in stable condition and should be released from the hospital soon.

Thomas is currently in critical condition.   

Thomas reportedly has a criminal history and warrants were issued for armed robbery, felon in possession of a firearm, and aggravated assault. Officials also said he had previous manslaughter charges. Elliott described him as a “violent individual.”

Thomas had reportedly in the past said he wanted to die by suicide by cop, Elliott said.

BCI is now handling the investigation of this incident.

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