The man arrested for shooting at Burke County officers on Friday afternoon is being treated following an attempt to hang himself in his cell on Wednesday.
According to a news release from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Quilton Patrick Thomas, 34, was transported from the hospital to the Burke County Detention Center on Wednesday afternoon at 2:45 p.m. He was wearing a cast and sling as part of his medical treatment for wounds suffered in the shooting and placed in a medical holding cell to await medication and evaluation by a nurse.
Surveillance footage confirmed officers checked on Thomas twice without incident, and he was found hanging by correctional staff at about 4:45 p.m, according to the release. Officers began CPR on Thomas while they waited for medical personnel to arrive.
Thomas was transported to Burke Medical Center for treatment before being sent to AU Medical Center for additional care. His family and the District Attorney’s office has been notified, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate.
“Mr. Thomas and his family is in our thoughts and prayers as we pray that he is able to recover from this situation,” Sheriff Alfonzo Williams said.
Thomas was involved in a Friday afternoon shootout with law enforcement. The Waynesboro Police Department and Burke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting in the 900 block of Kingston Drive in Waynesboro at about 1:30 p.m.
Officers identified a suspect and went to the 800 block of Washington Drive, where they located the suspect’s vehicle being loaded on a wrecker. At that time, the suspect fired at officers, who returned fire.
Before the Burke County SWAT Team could arrive, the suspect approached officers while firing a weapon and was wounded in the process. Thomas was arrested and transported for medical treatment.