Clarence Thigpen

Clarence Thigpen

A man accused in a stabbing on Sunday in the Williams Center area is in jail in Williams County.

Clarence Thigpen, 38, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was booked at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on Wednesday on two charges of felonious assault.

He was arrested following treatment for injuries at a Toledo medical facility, where he was transported after being shot by a Defiance County Sheriff’s deputy who responded to the reported stabbing.

According to local media reports, the deputy has been placed on desk duty while the situation is further investigated.

Thigpen’s case is slated to go before a grand jury in Defiance County, when more charges could be added.

The incident occurred on Sunday, when the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a stabbing at 1:47 a.m. at 01054 Ney-Williams Center Road.

Upon arrival, deputies located the victim, Michael Harris, 43, who resides at that address.

“During the incident, (Thigpen) was engaged by deputies,” Defiance police said in a news release issued Sunday. “During this altercation a deputy discharged their weapon, striking the alleged perpetrator.”

Harris was transported via medical helicopter to a hospital in Indiana. He was last reported in stable condition. Thigpen was transported to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan, then transferred to a hospital in Toledo by medical helicopter.

An investigation is underway by the sheriff’s office, as well as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Defiance County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities were assisted on scene by Williams County EMS, Sherwood Village EMS, the Defiance County Prosecutor’s Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Bryan Municipal Court records show that Thigpen was arrested the week before in Williams County and charged with being a fugitive in Michigan, where he was wanted on a charge of parole violation, as well as possession of methamphetamine and obstruction of official business.

Records show that Thigpen is accused of providing a false name and date of birth during an investigation on May 10.

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