Arson suspect assaults Avondale police prior to arrest

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Domico Bernard Thomas, 47 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Domico Bernard Thomas, 47 (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
The suspect was treated at a local hospital and then booked into Fourth Avenue Jail. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The suspect was treated at a local hospital and then booked into Fourth Avenue Jail. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Avondale police were allegedly assaulted after attempting to arrest an arson suspect. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Avondale police were allegedly assaulted after attempting to arrest an arson suspect. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Domico Bernard Thomas at his initial court appearance. (Source: Maricopa County Superior Court) Domico Bernard Thomas at his initial court appearance. (Source: Maricopa County Superior Court)
Firefighters extinguished the fire and no one was injured. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Firefighters extinguished the fire and no one was injured. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Domico Bernard Thomas, 47, allegedly fought and assaulted Avondale police officers after being detained for suspected arson, according to police.

Thomas was eventually arrested and is currently being treated at a local hospital.

Avondale police responded to a fire call at the Edgewater Apartments Wednesday night and through investigation evidence, determined it was arson.

Witnesses told police that a black male wearing a light blue shirt and shorts was seen running from the scene. Police then identified him as the suspect matching the description less than a mile from the fire.

When police made contact, Thomas took off despite the officer's commands to stop.

[PDF: Initial police report on arson investigation]

Court documents showed the officer attempted to restrain Thomas twice and both times Thomas swung a closed fist at the officer causing him to lose his grip.

It was at this time the officer deployed his Taser but both deployments were unsuccessful.

Thomas eventually fell to the ground on his stomach but refused to be placed in handcuffs but eventually, additional officers assisted and placed Thomas under arrest, according to court documents.

[Booking photo: Domico Bernard Thomas, 47]

Thomas was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and then booked into Fourth Avenue Jail, with bond set at $40,000. He is being charged with arson, which is a class 4 felony, and aggravated assault on a peace officer, which is a class 2 felony.

Avondale fire safely extinguished the fire and there were no injuries reported from the fire or to any officers.

Police do not know why the suspect started the fire at this time and the case is still under investigation.

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