Michael Cummins was taken to the hospital last night after being hunted down by Tennessee law enforcement. Cummins was the prime suspect in the deaths of five people were discovered.
The “massive” manhunt that ensued led to Cummins arrest.
The Tennessean reported:
A suspect in five homicides in Sumner County was shot by law enforcement as he was taken into custody Saturday evening, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Michael Cummins, 25, was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No officers were injured.
A “massive” manhunt for Cummins commenced after four homicide victims were found at a home on Charles Brown Road and one other at a home on Luby Brown Road, according to the TBI.
A sixth, injured victim was found at the home on Charles Brown Road.
The agency said there was reason to believe the two scenes were related and named Cummins as a suspect in the killings.
He was considered armed and dangerous, and law enforcement took him into custody at 10 p.m. after searching for him in the woods near the crime scenes.
Cummins has not been charged with a crime.
TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said he could not provide any information about the victims.
The TBI is working to identify a motive and Cummins’ relationships with the victims.
The scenes, in the 1100 block of Charles Brown Road and the 1500 block of Luby Brown Road, are in a wooded, rural northeast part of Sumner County between Westmoreland and Oak Grove near the Kentucky state line.
Forensic scientists with the TBI were processing the crime scenes Saturday night, and roads to the area were blocked off.
The TBI was notified of the homicides about 5:30 p.m. after a family member called 911, DeVine said.
More than 100 law enforcement officers were involved in the search for Cummins on Saturday night. Beyond the TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Sumner County authorities participated in the search.
The TBI used an airplane to locate Cummins in a creek bed roughly a mile from the crime scenes, and drew his weapon as the officers approached. Police opened fire and struck Cummins at least once. More than a dozen officers from Sumner County’s joint SWAT Team responded to the location.
“He was found in a remote area very close to the scene where these events occurred,” Josh Devine, communications director for TBI, said Saturday night.
Officers on the ground said Cummins produced multiple weapons, according to DeVine, and at least one officer fired and struck Cummins at least once.
The TBI is now investigating the shooting of Cummins as well as the homicides. DeVine did not yet know which agencies were involved in the shooting.