Suspect nabbed, deputy recovering from injuryBossier Parish sheriff's deputy Robert Teague was injured Friday morning around 11 a.m. when he wrecked his motorcycle while chasing an armed robbery suspect.
The suspect was identified as Thomas Dooly, 26 of Monroe, authorities said. Bossier Sheriff's officials initially gave the wrong name for the suspect.
Dooly allegedly held up McGuire's Recycling, in the 6300 block of Highway 80 in Haughton around 10 a.m. Friday morning. He then fled the police in a black single cab Dodge pickup. According to Bossier sheriff's spokesman Ed Baswell, Dooly and a Haughton patrol officer exchanged gunfire as Dooly fled.
Bullets struck the officer's patrol car and Dooly attempted to ram officers' vehicles with his truck several times. He led authorities on a chase into Webster Parish then back into Bossier Parish.
Dooly left his vehicle around 11:15 a.m. and ran into the woods off Oil Field Road and Highway 527, near Johnson Koran Rd. in South Bossier, where a manhunt was conducted. Law enforcement officers used a helicopter and search dogs to find the suspect.
Dooly was captured at 9:30 p.m. Friday night and was transported to a local hospital to be treated for dehydration. When officers found Dooly, he did not resist capture and he had no weapons on him. Dooly said the reason for the robbery was "to pay bills and feed my kids." Dooly made sure to tell news media "he loves his kids."
Dooly is being charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, armed robbery, aggravated flight of an officer, resisting an officer with force and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Dooly has several arrests, Baswell said, but most center around drug charges.
Police also arrested Angela Gibson, a Webster Parish resident, in connection with the robbery. Police say she is charged with criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery, obstruction of justice, theft of a firearm and illegally supplying a felon with a firearm. Gibson is the mother of Dooly's children.
Officer Teague suffered a severe gash on his forehead when his motorcycle swerved into a ditch and hit a metal fence. Just minutes after the crash, Officer Teague was able to stand and speak, but he was air lifted LSU Medical Center as a precaution.
Officer Teague was treated for non-life threatening injuries.