CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Release Date: 10/27/2018
Incident Type: Out of State Fugitives arrested, 3728 North Prince Street, Clovis, New Mexico
Contact Person: Roman Romero, Captain, Public Information Officer, 575-763-9423
Clovis, NM – October 27, 2018 – On October 26, 2018, at about 8:47 p.m., the Clovis Police Department was contacted by the United States Marshal Service in reference to wanted subjects. The subjects were wanted on outstanding felony arrest warrants and were being sought in reference to a homicide investigation by Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, Nebraska. A telephone related to one of the subjects had been “pinged”, geo located, in the area of the Wal-Mart Supercenter, 3728 North Prince Street. Officers were given a description of the suspect’s vehicle, which was a reported stolen car. A vehicle matching that description was found in the parking lot.
Because of the association with the homicide in Lincoln, Nebraska, the criminal history of the suspect, and the stolen car, it was determined that the Clovis Police Department SWAT Team would deploy to secure the vehicle and its occupants.
At about 2:15 a.m. on October 27, 2018, SWAT loaded into the SWAT armored vehicle to transit to the target vehicle. At about 2:20 a.m., units went mobile, driving to the target vehicle. SWAT deployed distraction devices, commonly referred to as “flash bangs”, and an aerosol irritant, commonly referred to as “tear gas”, into and around the vehicle. The subjects in the vehicle put the vehicle into drive and attempted to flee the area. The SWAT armored vehicle was driven forward onto the hood of the vehicle, stopping its movement. When the occupants refused to exit the vehicle, a Clovis Police Department K9 was deployed into the vehicle to extract the subjects. Once they were removed from the car by the Police K9 and Officers, the suspects were handcuffed. Emergency Medical Services was requested to the scene in reference to the K9 bite injuries the subjects sustained when they failed to comply with commands. They were subsequently taken to Plains Regional Medical Center for medical clearance after the event.
After medical clearance the subjects were transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center for their outstanding arrest warrants, as fugitives from justice.
The wanted persons were identified as Jesse James Wilson (32 years of age) and Sherry Lynn Thomas (34 years of age).
The investigation into this event is being coordinated with the Lincoln Police Department, and is still active.