Police following up on a lead for the possible whereabouts of at-large murder suspect last night, instead arrested a different man charged with theft.
Thomas Morson, 20, was booked into the Vigo County Jail. He is charged with misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, and the theft warrant.
According to Terre Haute Police Department Public Information Officer Ryan Adamson, an unknown caller advised central dispatch they believed they saw murder suspect Buddy Ellinger in the area of Lafayette and Maple Avenue yesterday at about 5:30 p.m.
Uniformed officers reportedly spoke to a woman in a vehicle parked on the lot of the Circle K gas station.
"While speaking to the women two men got out of the back of the vehicle and fled. Officer recognized one of the men as Thomas Morson, who they knew to have an active warrant for theft," Adamson said, adding that Central Dispatch then received a call stating Thomas was hiding in a local hair salon in the area. The second male suspect was not located.
THPD detectives continue to search for Ellinger, who allegedly shot and killed a man at Greenwood Manor apartment complex earlier this month. The suspect is wanted for felony murder of a Terre Haute man -- 33-year- old Thomas H. Fuller III -- who was shot to death at Greenwood Manor. Ellinger is also facing various other charges, including: Aggravated battery (level 3 felony), and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon (level 4 felony).
Police say he is considered to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with knowledge of Ellinger's whereabouts orinformation about this case is asked to call the Terre Haute Police Department at 812-238-1661 or Crime Stoppers at 812-238-STOP.
The Terre Haute Police Department is investigating a shooting after a man sought treatment of a gunshot wound at a local hospital this morning.
Officers of the Terre Haute Police Department were dispatched to Union Hospital emergency room before the victim was transported to an Indianapolis area hospital for treatment of non life-threatening gunshot wound- related injuries.
Sgt. Denzil Lewis said the victim was unable to provide officers additional information other that saying he had been shot.
"Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances along with the physical evidence in this case," Lewis said. More information will be provided once it is available.
Anyone having any knowledge of this incident is asked to call the Terre Haute Police Department or Wabash Valley Crime stoppers.
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