MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A man accused of firing at police while trying to elude capture has a history of trouble with the law.
The manhunt for Tommy Leon Goleman that ended Friday was not his first, according to court records.
Documents indicate that the 32-year-old Bayou La Batre man in 2013 walked off the Loxley work release center, where he was serving time for burglary and theft. The facility’s warden told reporters at the time that Goleman escaped amid a dispute over money with other inmates.
Baldwin County authorities apprehended him six hours later after a search that involved K-9 dogs and a helicopter.
It is one of several scrapes Goleman has had with the law since 2007, when authorities charged him with a criminal offense related to illegal oyster harvesting in Bayou La Batre. He pleaded guilty to that offense paid a fine.
Goleman pleaded guilty in 2011 to theft and burglary charges related to a break-in during the Christmas holiday season in 2010 in Grand Bay. The resident of the home returned home after a trip to find her HP desktop computer and 42-inch monitor had been stolen.
Police traced the theft to Goleman after learning he had sold the equipment.
Originally, a judge sentenced the defendant to serve six months of a 10-year sentence and then go on probation. But he returned to prison after failing to pay court-ordered penalties and for a new arrest on a charge of unauthorized use of a credit card.
Baldwin County Circuit Judge Jody Bishop sentenced him in 2013 to serve three years of a 10-year sentence on the escape charge.
Goleman last year tried to persuade Bishop to reduce his time in light of his completion of a prison welding program. But Bishop denied the request the following month.
Goleman finally got out of prison July 7, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. He had been incarcerated for three years and 11 months.
But Goleman did not stay free of trouble for long. Bishop issued a warrant for his arrest in October after his probation officer reported him delinquent. Police were searching for him on that warrant, as well as a warrant issued in Mobile County.
Mobile police apprehended Goleman on Friday afternoon after a search that began at about 8:10 p.m. on Thursday after officers responded to a tip that the suspect was at Pronto Paw at 4073 Government Boulevard.
Affording to authorities, an officer tried to pull over a black car that Goleman was driving. Officers chased the vehicle to a driveway Holden Drive and Oak Ride Avenue. Goleman and a passenger got out of the car, and Goleman fired several shots, according to police. Officers returned fire; no one was hurt.
Police arrested the passenger, Antonio Nettles, a short time later.
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