Mulberry workplace shooting suspect in custody

Mulberry shooting suspect Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. is considered armed & dangerous.
Mulberry shooting suspect Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. is considered armed & dangerous.

POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) –  Polk County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested the man who allegedly opened fire at a Mulberry workplace two weeks ago, injuring two workers. Deputies took 39-year-old Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr. into custody Thursday. He’s being charged with three counts attempted first-degree murder and one count armed burglary.

Polk deputies arrested Thompson near his parents’ house Thursday morning. He tried to run but when he realized he was surrounded on the ground and in the air, he gave up.

“By running, he only went to jail tired,” Sheriff Judd said at the press conference regarding the arrest.

Thompson was hiding for about two weeks after the shootings. Sheriff Judd said the man tried to change the look of his truck ripping off a bumper sticker and taking off a large tool box on the back. Deputies are not sure where he had been these two weeks.

The shooting took place the afternoon of July 30th at MES-GCI Construction located at 2360 Old Highway 60 in Mulberry. Deputies say Thompson went into the business and began firing at employees. Two victims were injured and transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center with what is described as non-life-threatening injuries. One other victim was uninjured during the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office says nobody was injured during the arrest. Judd said the gun hadn’t been recovered yet.

The suspect made ‘bizarre’ statements about CIA and Russia on the drive to jail, he spoke Russian with one of the arresting deputies who speaks the language. Detectives are not sure why he did that but Judd said the suspect may be laying ground for his legal defense. Thompson asked for a lawyer right after the arrest.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office will release more information after executing a search warrant.

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