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For Immediate Release

Seth Bruce, Deputy U.S. Marshal

Western District of Tennessee
Memphis, TN
(901) 573-8177

U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699

U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrests Murder Suspect

Memphis, TN – U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller announces the arrest of Darius Thomas for Murder out of the state of Indiana.

On February 5, 2021 Shamar Barnes was shot to death in Elkhart, Indiana. A warrant was issued for the arrest of Darius Thomas for this crime.

Working with the U.S. Marshals Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, investigators with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force developed information that Thomas was in the Memphis area.

The fugitive was tracked to a motel near 240 and Lamar avenue. The Gulf Coast Task Force and the Shelby County Fugitive Apprehension Team located the fugitive in a room there and took him into custody without incident.

"The U.S. Marshals work hard to help make sure Memphis is not considered a safe haven for violent fugitives," said U.S. Marshal Tyreece Miller.

The U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a multi-agency task force with divisions in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. The Western Tennessee Division of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force has offices in Memphis and Jackson, and its membership is primarily composed of Deputy U.S. Marshals, Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies, Memphis Police Officers, Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies, Jackson Police Officers, and the Tennessee Department of Corrections Special Agents. The primary mission of the Task Force is to arrest violent offenders and sexual predators.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at https://www.usmarshals.gov.

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