DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A man accused of opening fire on a DeKalb County Police officer early Tuesday morning has been taken into custody.
"I was cleaning my room and when I came outside they were on top of the roof, they was [sic] everywhere, like get down get down," said Cookie, a guest at the Haven Motel Extended Stay on Memorial Drive. "I was scared."
U.S. Marshals found suspected gunman Sharif Thompson at the hotel. He'd been on the run since police said he fired at an officer just hours earlier at Hairston Park on South Hairston Road.
"The moment we found the individual, Mr. Thompson, who engaged DeKalb County Police and shot at them and then fled, was our main suspect. So, we began a joint investigation for his whereabouts," said Inspector Eric Heinze.
According to police, Thompson and a woman were in a maroon vehicle and were parked long after Hairston Park was closed. An officer spotted them, asked for identification and discovered Thompson had warrants out of New York. That's when police said he ran off, firing at the officer. The officer returned fire.
"We were just working an independent investigation. We received information that he was over in the Hairston Park Area so our investigators just went to check out that area and see if they could locate Mr. Thompson, upon their arrival they realized Hairston Park has now become a crime scene," said Inspector Heinze.
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It's unclear if Thompson was struck by any bullets. The officer was not hurt.
Police said after the shooting, Thompson ended up at a home on Autumn Circle. He then stole the homeowner's vehicle.
"While he was in the residence home he stayed there for several hours waiting for the area to be cleared then he did take homeowners vehicle," said Inspector Heinze.
Thompson and the stolen vehicle were found at the hotel early Tuesday afternoon and tracked him to room 142.
"We try to call for the individual. We get no communication what so ever. So we deploy the diversionary device to get some compliance on the balcony still didn't receive anything," said Heinze.
Heinze said at first Thompson wasn't responding to commands.
"At that time we thought it was a great tactical decision to break that window to try to get eyes into the room and make sure he's not holding anyone hostage," said Heinze.
Inspector Heinze said Thompson was in the bathroom with a firearm, but then he started to come out.
"That's when he showed us both hands and complied," said Heinze.
The marshals took him into custody without incident.