Morehouse assistant athletic director on leave after shooting arrest

ATLANTA — Morehouse College has placed associate athletic director Dr. Phillip Thomas on administrative leave after discovering he was arrested in a shooting incident in May.

Atlanta police say two people were shot May 16 along Elizabeth Place NW, which according to the police report, is near a Morehouse fraternity.

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Witnesses told the officers who responded to the call that Thomas and the two victims got into some sort of argument at the house. The witnesses say at some point, the argument turned physical, people at the house began to leave and the fight moved out to the street.

The witnesses say Thomas pulled a gun during the fight and that’s when the shooting happened.

One man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital by bystanders with a gunshot wound to the stomach. Police say Thomas transported the other victim to the hospital himself.


Thomas was arrested and booked at the Fulton County jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony on May 20. He has since bonded out and is awaiting his next court hearing.

Channel 2 Action News contacted Morehouse regarding the incident and received the following response from school spokesman Cedric Mobley:

“Morehouse College expects staff members to exemplify our values on and off campus. We have been made aware of the action taken by the City of Atlanta Police Department regarding Dr. Phillip Thomas based on allegations concerning events unrelated to Morehouse. He has been placed on administrative leave as we monitor the progress of the City of Atlanta Police Department’s investigation and conduct our own due diligence,” said Mobley.

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