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Attempted murder suspect flees squad car in handcuffs

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Thomas Dushaune Little Jr. (Source: Bennettsville Police) Thomas Dushaune Little Jr. (Source: Bennettsville Police)

BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina man is behind bars after firing shots at a man in Bennettsville Thursday afternoon and then running from police while in handcuffs.

Lt. Larry Turner, spokesman for Bennettsville Police Department, tells WMBF News that 18-year-old Thomas Dushaune Little Jr. of Hamlet, NC was taken into custody for questioning in connection with a shooting on Alpine Street Thursday afternoon.

Turner explains that a man was shot at a home on the 100 block of Alpine Street around 2 p.m., the same home where Little was staying with a juvenile.

Bennettsville Police responded to that shooting to find a male victim that had been shot with a BB gun.

Little was transported to the police station, where authorities determined he was responsible for the man's injuries, and would be charged with attempted murder and providing false information for lying about who he was and where he lived.

Around 3 p.m., when Little was preparing for transport to the Marlboro County Detention Center, he fled on foot from the squad car.

Lt. Turner assures that Little was restrained in handcuffs behind his back at the time. Using K9 tracking units, officers were able to locate him a block and a half away from the squad car behind the police state within an hour of his escape.

Lt. Turner comments that the motivation behind the shooting did not appear to be premeditated, that it may have been a random shooting.

Now that Little is back in custody, he is charged with attempted murder, providing false information and escape.

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