NYPD Sergeant Craig Bier, 44, was shot in both legs while working with an anti-gang unit in the Jamaica section of Queens the night of August 8. Authorities say a Ruger .09-mm pistol was recovered behind a building on 107th Avenue, not far from where Bier was shot while chasing the suspect.
The 15-year veteran was hospitalized in stable condition and released a few days later.
The manhunt for Thomas went on for more than a month after police found his apartment keys at the scene and his fingerprints on the ammo clip of the gun used in the shooting.
Authorities searched his home in a Queens housing project and hundreds of addresses across five states.
Thomas is charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
(The Associated Press contributed to this article)
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