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Detective Stabbed While Questioning Brothers About Murder

Detective Stabbed While Questioning Brothers About Murder

Dt. James Melson (stabbed by POI) | Dt. Jeff Carter (shot armed suspect)

Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

September 16, 2010

LOS ANGELES – A Fort Smith police officer was injured Wednesday night after a confrontation with two men wanted for questioning in the death of Briana Ault, 22. Sgt. Daniel Grubbs says investigators obtained cell phones records that showed Elvis Thacker and his brother Jonathan Thacker sent text messages to Ault the night of her death.

“We know Elvis Thacker the one that was actually shot, we know that he had actually had communication with Miss Ault during the early morning hours in this key period when she ended up missing,” said Sgt. Grubbs.

Officers went to the Tulsa Square Apartments on S. 32nd to serve unrelated rape warrants for the Thackers and bring them in for questioning Wednesday night. When they arrived the brothers were armed with knives. “Both of them immediately confronted the officers with knives. One actually stabbed a detective at least multiple times,” said Sgt. Grubbs.

Sgt. Grubbs says the men didn’t comply with detectives and Elvis Thacker stabbed Dt. James Melson multiple times in the upper body. Dt. Jeff Carter then shot Elvis Thacker one time. “The other brother after the shot was fired, which is Jonathan, dropped his weapon and he was taken into custody,” said Sgt. Grubbs.

Both Dt. Melson and Elvis Thacker were taken to local hospitals. Their conditions are not known at this time. Jonathan Thacker was arrested.

Ault’s car was found burning around 5 a.m. Monday on Tulsa Street. Sgt. Grubbs says that’s not far from the apartment complex where the Thackers live. Her naked body was found later in the evening by a fisherman in a pond in Pocola. Police from Pocola, Fort Smith, and investigators with the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation are investigating the crime.

Elvis Thacker is facing an attempted capital murder charge for stabbing the detective, while Jonathan Thacker faces a charge of aggravated assault.

Both detectives have been placed on paid administrative leave.


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  • shadow_officer

    over 3 years ago

    8572 Comments

    get well brother

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    FireDad

    over 3 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Hope the Officer has a speedy recovery..

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    copper380

    over 3 years ago

    2026 Comments

    Quick recovery Det Melson, you are in my prayers. Thacker's...........who cares!! as long as they never breath fresh air as free men again!!!

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    DonnaLynn

    over 3 years ago

    10498 Comments

    Speedy recovery Detective Melson. May the Thacker brothers rot...

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Best wishes for a full recovery to Det Melson. No pleas, no deals, just long hard time for the two clowns.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10938 Comments

    Glad the detective will be OK !! Hope these two crap-birds get the max !!!!

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    aussie4

    over 3 years ago

    5328 Comments

    How about this, erase both of these pos's and go have a cold beer. The fact the Leo only shot the pos once showed great restraint, imho, were it I I would have been reloading my 2nd mag into my sig .45.

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    nrp5hgwedf

    over 3 years ago

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    Get well Jimmy, The Blue has pray requests in for you and your family! Paul

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    canadiancop

    over 3 years ago

    236 Comments

    Speedy recovery to the officer.....God speed

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    Dunn317

    over 3 years ago

    152 Comments

    I wish you a speedy recovery and swift justice to POS

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Godspeed your recovery!

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    IamQnMutha

    over 3 years ago

    572 Comments

    Got this from a good friend on the Fort Smith PD: "Had his throat cut and several stabs in his back, side and neck. Guy who did it is in critical condition with a .40 cal hole in him" He also said Jim's going to be okay, thank God.

    By the way, Det. Jim Melson is also a member here at Police Link

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    AZmeangreen

    over 3 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Get well soon Det. Hope the POS gets everything coming to him and the judge isn't liberal.

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    pdyer

    over 3 years ago

    352 Comments

    I hope for a speedy recovery for the injured detective. Two more worthless killers off the streets. Good job guys!

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Get well soon...God Bless!!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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