Death toll rises to 7 after Tennessee killing spree

Death toll rises to 7 after Tennessee killing spree

TBI says four bodies were found at a home on Charles Brown Road, and another at a home on Luby Daniels Road.

A suspect in the killings of seven people in rural Tennessee was shot and captured by police after an hours-long manhunt triggered by the discovery of the bodies in two separate homes, authorities said on Sunday (April 28).

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation tweeted Saturday night that 25-year-old Michael Cummins was in custody.


Police identified Cummins Saturday night as a suspect, leading to a search throughout the wooded area nearby.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Sunday in a news release that forensic scientists working at the scene at a home near the community of Westmoreland found the sixth body. "The situation escalated, for reasons under investigation, and resulted in at least one officer firing his service weapon, striking Cummins", TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said.

Authorities say the suspect wanted in connection with five rural Tennessee slayings produced multiple weapons, prompting an officer to shoot him.


DeVine says Cummins was taken to a hospital for treatment of what's believed to be injuries that aren't life threatening.

SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and local law enforcement are actively searching for a fugitive in Sumner County. Authorities have not released any details about the victims.

A number of law enforcement agencies had been searching for Cummins, saying earlier that he could be armed and risky.


Using aircraft, authorities spotted someone in a creek bed around a mile from the first scene. One victim survived and is recovering at a local hospital.

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