Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested 39-year-old Danny Coleman Thompson, Jr., of 6242 Springwoods Lane in Lakeland. Thompson had a warrant for his arrest for three counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, and one count of Armed Burglary.
Thompson arrived at MES-GCI Construction in Mulberry at approximately 2:22 pm on Thursday, July 30, 2015, and began firing at employees of the business.
One victim was uninjured during the incident. Two other victims were injured and transported to Lakeland Regional Health Center with what is described as non-life threatening injuries. They have since been released.
On Thursday, August 13, 2015, PCSO Deputies who were actively searching for Danny Thompson located his truck around 10:28 a.m. parked on Pinedale Drive in south Lakeland. A perimeter was quickly established, including the PCSO helicopter.
Around 10:40 a.m. deputies within the perimeter saw Thompson quickly walking through yards towards Yates Road – it is assumed he was trying to get to his parent’s house. The helicopter responded to Yates Road and hovered over Thompson, who was on a long dirt driveway in the 5800 block. Thompson immediately put his hands up and surrendered. He was not armed, and nobody was injured during his arrest.
Thompson was booked into the Polk County Jail and will have a first appearance hearing on Friday, August 14, 2015, via live video feed from the South County Jail. His truck has been towed to PCSO Crime Scene to be processed. Deputies have not yet located Thompson’s firearm.
“Our deputies have been actively searching for Thompson every single day since he tried to kill three people at his former place of employment. We appreciate the media’s and the public’s help to get this dangerous criminal off the street. We still have many questions as to why Thompson shot two men and shot at another, but the important thing is, he’s locked up now and will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.” – Sheriff Grady Judd