Nelson Thomas had been recovering from gunshot wounds on his abdomen at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Thomas’s wounds were received on October 22 of this year during a family violence incident on Cresent Drive in Early.
Nelson Thomas had been separated from his wife Mica Thomas for several years, but had stayed at the house for a couple of days due to not having anywhere to stay the night.
According to police reports, when Mica Thomas returned home from work, Nelson Thomas immediately began assaulting her by striking her in the head, stomach and around her body with his fist. Thomas then grabbed her by the neck and drug her down the hall to the bedroom where he pulled a gun from the closet and stated he was going to kill her and himself. During the assault, he broke Mica’s cell phone to make sure she could not call 911.
While they were struggling and she was attempting to talk him down, Nelson began to pull the gun out of a bag and point in her direction. Mica Thomas then grabbed a loaded single shot shotgun sitting in the closet next to her and pointed it in Nelson Thomas’s direction and pulled the trigger, striking Nelson in the stomach. Mica Thomas then ran from the house to the neighbors to call for help.
When officers arrived, Nelson had stumbled to the front porch where he collapsed. Mica Thomas was also transported to the Brownwood Regional ER for injuries she received during the assault.
Thomas was air lifted from the scene after being shot at approximately 5:30 p.m. on that day. Mica received multiple bruises and abrasions and injuries to her ribs and neck during the assault.
Early PD and Texas Rangers processed the crime scene and after many interviews and examining the evidence, presented the case to District Attorney Michael Murry. After he finished his recovery Wednesday, Nelson Thomas was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and assault family violence by impeding breathing and circulation.
Thomas is being held in the Brown County Jail on Bonds of $100,000.