Owen County shooting suspect arrested in New Mexico - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Owen County shooting suspect arrested in New Mexico

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Derrick Thomas Derrick Thomas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An Owen County man wanted by Kentucky State Police has been arrested in New Mexico. 

Police began looking for 23-year-old Derrick Thomas from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky on Feb. 17 after he allegedly got into an argument with 54-year-old James Neal at Neal's home.

During the fight, police say Thomas shot Neal in the hand and the leg, then shot 25-year-old Amber Neal in the arm. He left with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Neal, and their two children, ages 1 and 3. 

The victims were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Thomas was arrested in Gallup, New Mexico around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Neal and the children were with him, and are safe, although police say Neal is being held on charges unrelated to the shooting. 

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