Police identify suspect arrested in gas station clerk’s fatal shooting

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By Jill Glavan

INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2014) – Indianapolis Metropolitan police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a gas station clerk.

Desi Thomas, 22, was arrested for the murder of Harry Briggs on Wednesday. The 45-year-old clerk was working at the Joe’s Junction store at Troy and Lynhurst on the night of June 4 when he was shot.

Briggs

Harry Briggs

Thomas faces two murder charges and a charge of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

An IMPD source tells FOX59 that police had been watching the man since early Wednesday. He'd been staying at Troy Manor apartments. Several tips from the community led to the arrest.

Surveillance video showed the suspect entering the store, getting in the faces of Briggs and another employee and then firing three shots. Briggs was hit in the head and later succumbed to his wounds.

The footage also showed the suspect skipping out of the store before running off.

"All I could do was cry, I was so happy," Briggs' co-worker Jessica Cook said.

Cook and fellow clerk Charlie Groover fielded questions and received visits to the gas station all day Wednesday, happy to tell everyone that an arrest had been made.

"Glad now that it's all over with and we can actually move on from this. ... I'm still hurt that he's gone, we all miss him," Groover said.

Employees took down the wanted poster with photos of the suspect that had been hanging in the window, but said they would keep photos of Briggs behind the counter to remind them of his kind spirit.

"We would have customers come in here and they wouldn't have enough money and he would give them money out of his own pocket. He was just a great guy," Cook said.

The business had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

IMPD leaders are expected to speak about the arrest and release more information on Thursday.

Scene where the suspect was arrested

Scene where the suspect was arrested

8 comments

  • Jb

    I’m glad the sob got caught , now you can sit in jail with your new homies and wonder where you messed up. Stupid moron. People are so retarded its pathetic.

  • fred

    damn i said when this first happened if they went to troy manor they would find this piece of shit!

    • Jim

      Fred, you know there are other apartment complexes (as well as trailer parks) that the moron could have lived in. Just because he was arrested in Troy Manor, doesn’t mean didly-squat! I know quite a few decent people who lived there (I even lived there for a while). Just because of a few morons that do something wrong that either live (or lived) there, does not mean that everyone there are the same! (as far as that goes, the picture looks more like Southwest Hills subdivision than any place else… I definitely know that’s not a pic of Troy Manor. (Now that they have the A-Hole… let him have his day in court, then give him the death penalty!!)

    • florence feemster

      I sent a response to David” in reference to his racial remark. I see you did not post mine, and his has been taken off.

  • Shirley

    Let justice be served to the fullest extent that the law will allow I will just say prison is no place any person wants to be I can only hope you are so sorry for taking a life and hope you are so miserable

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