UPDATE: Arrest Made in Sunday Shooting

A man suspected in a Sunday shooting was taken into custody without incident.

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that 37-year-old Jermaine Thomas was arrested after surrendering to authorities Sunday evening in the 100 block of W. Beloit.

Police say Thomas was riding in the backseat of a Chevy Tahoe with two other men when he allegedly demanded money from the driver. Moments later, Thomas pulled out a large handgun and shot the driver, 28-year-old Deric Bell in the back. Bell was wounded and jumped out of the driver’s seat exiting the SUV.

The Chevy hit a curb and came to rest in the 400 block of Montrose. Thomas then threatened the passenger with the gun – who gave him an undisclosed amount of cash before Thomas ran away.

Police say Bell was transported to Salina Regional Health Center with a bullet wound to his lower right side. The other man was not hurt.

Around 9:30pm a call came in from a woman in the 100 block of W. Beloit with a flying bat in her house. Detectives believed the home was a possible hideout for Thomas and responded with caution.

An officer asked the woman outside the home if Thomas was inside. She confirmed he was and a S.W.A.T. negotiator convinced him to come out peacefully.

Police say Thomas is facing numerous charges in connection to the shooting plus other charges from a violent domestic dispute in Salina with a a 22-year-old female in late October.

37-year-old Jermaine Thomas


Original Story:

Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon shooting.

First responders were called to the 400 block of Montrose to the report of a shooting. One person was transported to Salina Regional Health Center with critical injuries.

Police were in the area actively searching for a suspect in areas west of Montrose. A police K-9 was assisting in the search.

Further details were not immediately available.