Henry County Shooting Rampage


There is a massive manhunt for a Henry County man. Police said Johnny Thomas went on a shooting rampage, injuring his mother-in-law, his stepson, and killing a family friend.

What is left from Tuesday night’s shooting at the residence in Headland is police tape and a door with shattered glass.

Police say a previous domestic violence incident from Sunday night caused Johnny Thomas' wife to take out a restraining order against him. She had been staying with family until the locks on the couple's house were changed.

Thomas' mother-in-law was gathering some of her daughter’s and 12-year-old grandson's clothes, and had brought a family friend, Larry Wayne Corbitt of Pinkard, over to change the locks.

Witnesses say that's when Thomas made a surprise visit.

"He approached the house, shot the front door, did not gain entry, went to another door in front, shot through the door to enter the house fired to more shots then exited the house," said Headland Police Chief Mark Jones.

One of those shots hit his wife's mother. She ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

When police arrived, they found Thomas' 12-year-old step-son critically wounded, and Larry Corbitt was dead.

"From the way things look it seems like he went in there wanting to hurt people," said Chief Jones.

Thomas worked with the City of Headland's garbage department. Officials say this seemed out of character though he'd been arrested and jailed for domestic violence against his ex-wife, Katerlean Nicole Jones back in 2004.

Katerlean is in the Henry County Jail charged with hindering prosecution during the investigation

If caught, Thomas faces one murder charge and two attempted murder charges

The victims are currently under police protection. The boy is in intensive care and his grandmother is in stable condition.

Authorities believe Thomas is still in the area. He's an African American Male, five feet five inches tall, and is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any information that will lead to Thomas' arrest, call the Headland Police Department at 693-2222.


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