Armed robbery suspect arrested after ramming Murfreesboro police car

Posted at 12:00 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 17:22:47-05

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — An armed robbery suspect was arrested in Murfreesboro Wednesday morning, after he rammed a police car trying to make his escape.

Murfreesboro police say the suspect - Christopher Nathan Thomas, 32, of Eagleville - robbed the Exxon Tiger Mart on New Salem Highway just after midnight Wednesday, as well as the Stop and Shop Liquor and Wine store on Saint Andrews Drive just after 7 a.m.

According to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spotted Thomas just moments after the liquor store robbery at a car wash on Cason Lane. At that point, Thomas rammed into an arriving Murfreesboro police patrol car. He then drove toward the sheriff's deputy as the deputy opened fire on his vehicle.

Escaping injury from the deputy's shots, police and deputies pursued Thomas on Cason Lane, where another deputy deployed spike strips to stop the car.

Thomas continued driving until he struck another car at the intersection of New Salem Highway and Cason Lane. This crash caused a multi-vehicle crash in which a Tennessee Highway Patrol vehicle and a Murfreesboro police car collided with the suspect's car.

Thomas tried to run away, but was quickly taken into custody at the Exxon Tiger Mart he is said to have robbed overnight.

Thomas was charged with aggravated robbery, robbery, felony evading arrest, evading arrest, vandalism and driving on a suspended license. His bond is set at $67,000.