Suspect arrested in Martinsville police shooting

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The man who shot at a Martinsville police officer on New Year's Day has been arrested.

The man who shot at a Martinsville police officer on New Year’s Day has been arrested. (Photo: Courtesy Henry County Jail)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) –The man who shot at a Martinsville police officer on New Year’s Day has been arrested.

Thomas Joe Braxton III, 37, of Martinsville, was arrested on Saturday, Jan. 4 and charged with one count of attempted capital murder, one count use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and one count of felony elude.

Braxton is being held without bond at the Henry County Jail.

Martinsville police officer attempted to pull over a 2002 Toyota truck for a traffic violation at 9:38 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1. The vehicle did not stop and the chase began.

The pursuit began at Memorial Boulevard at Askin Street and continued to Joseph Martin Highway in Henry County, where police say the driver jumped from the moving vehicle and fled on foot.

Martinsville Police spotted the driver behind an apartment building. Virginia State Police say the driver fired at the officers, hitting one. The officers returned fire, hitting the driver. VSP said his gun was recovered at the scene.

The Martinsville police officer was flown to Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina, where he was later released for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The suspect was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was later released for non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound.

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