Cocke County jail escapee who injured officer is recaptured

(source: Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes)

5:49 p.m.

The Cocke County Sheriff’s Office says Ezekiel Lee Thompson is back in custody.

1:33 p.m.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added Ezekiel Lee Thompson to their Top 10 Most Wanted List.

Thompson, 25, is wanted by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face charges of Felony Escape, Aggravated Assault, and Reckless Endangerment. Those charges stem from an incident that occurred early Thursday morning at the Cocke County Jail. Thompson, an inmate, assaulted a corrections officer and fled the jail on foot.

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NEWPORT, Tenn. (WATE) — An inmate escaped a courthouse jail in Cocke County Thursday morning.

Ezekiel Thompson, 25, and another inmate assaulted a corrections officer around 5:45 a.m. The officer has serious injuries.

(Photo: Cocke County)

The inmates took the officer’s keys and Thompson fled on foot. The other inmate remains in custody.

Previous story: Cocke County vehicle theft suspect leads officers on 2 county chase

Thompson is described to be a white male, 6-feet-1-inch-tall, has blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and white striped uniform.

Also, he has a cast on his left arm. Investigators say the inmate intentionally broke his arm last month in order to try to leave jail for medical reasons.

He faces charges for evading arrest, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, theft over a thousand, speeding, failure to yield, failure to exercise due care and resisting arrest.

He was last seen near 8th Street.

Thompson is considered dangerous. If seen, call the Cocke County central dispatch at 423-623-3064.

 

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