Near Downtown Evansville Shooting Leads to Arrest


William Thomas

News Release

Type of Crime: Criminal Recklessness with a Handgun
Date of Crime: 081312 12:30AM


Evansville Police arrested 26 year old WILLIAM LAMR THOMAS on multiple charges after officers responded to a shots fired call.

Myron Matthews told officers THOMAS had shot at him near the intersection of SE 6th St and Chandler Ave. Officers found a bullet hole in Matthews’ car. HE told officers THOMAS was in a maroon Mercury SUV and left the area.

Officers spotted the SUV near Lodge and Washington and tried to pull it over. The driver refused to stop and led officers on a slow speed pursuit to the intersection of Morgan and Weinbach. Officers identified the driver as WILLIAM THOMAS and placed him into custody. An empty holster was found in the SUV. Officers checking the area where the SUV was first spotted located a handgun.

THOMAS was arrested on the following charges:

Possession of a Handgun by a Serious Violent Felon (previous dealing meth conviction)
Possession of an Altered Handgun (serial number was altered)
Resisting Law Enforcement
Criminal Recklessness (two counts)
Driving without ever receiving a license


  1. Three cheers to our men and women in blue.

    We are proud of you for getting this idiot off the street.

    Cheers to one day to be proven as the best Chief of Police that Evansville has ever had!

    Thanks Chief Bolin for protecting us day and night!

  2. I agree with you—throw this idiot and piece of trash back in jail where he belongs.

    Law and order time in Evansville!

    Thanks, Chief Bolin and his outstanding police force for taking care of business.

  3. Chief Billy Bolin and his support staff are the pride of the Civic Center.

    They are one he– of kick a– asset to this community.

  4. Put this piece of trash in jail and keep him there.

    Great job EPD and Chief Bolin!

  5. This guy is a punk and deserves to be locked up for a long time.

    One down and 1,500 to go!

    Thanks CCO staff for supporting the EPD and it’s outsanding Chief!

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