Lee Dell Thomas Jr. (6868)



5/29/2012: Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic and suspected carjacker, climbed into the cab of a crane to escape arrest. A SWAT team set up a perimeter around the area and tried to reason with Thomas, who threatened them using a radio found on site. Hours later, some officers climbed a ladder to the cab that Thomas occupied, 150 feet off the ground. Thomas, unarmed, sprayed officers with what they thought was a lubricant, then slipped, fell and died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mother-of-robbery-suspect-lee-dell-thomas-jr-not-surprised-he-died-in-crane-standoff/

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