Samuel Quinton Edwards, who was at the center of a manhunt after a police officer was shot, died after exchanging gunfire with Kentucky State Police in Louisville, officials said .
Edwards, 34, was wanted after officials accused him of shooting a Hendersonville police officer during a chase in Madison on Monday night. The officer was noncritically injured, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
The MNPD reported that Edwards died just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Police say Edwards fired shots into the officer’s SUV and abandoned a van in the 600 block of Gibson Drive. He then fled on foot, armed with two guns, according to the MNPD.
Police believe Edwards then stole a white 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup truck from Gibson Drive. The keys were left inside the truck, the MNPD said.
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Truck found in Millersville as search unfolds
Officials widely shared details about Edwards and the truck, including its license plate number. The Millersville Police Department said the truck was later found on Cycle Lane off Bethel Road on Tuesday morning.
Just before 11 a.m., the southbound lanes of Interstate 65 at Bethel Road were closed due to police activity, a map from the Tennessee Department of Transportation showed. The stop was near where the truck was found.
A TDOT spokesperson confirmed the closure was linked to a “wanted suspect” in the area. The highway fully reopened later in the day.
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TBI issued a “blue alert” Tuesday morning as the hunt for Edwards continued, saying he was wanted by both the MNPD and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for attempted criminal homicide and evading arrest.
The TBI alert was broadcast via Twitter and also triggered posts on Tennessee Department of Transportation signs. A mobile phone alert went off around 4 p.m.
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Records: Edwards shot an officer while on bail
While on bail, Edwards faced more than a dozen charges in Putnam County following a previous shooting on June 14, records show. He and Erica Lynn, 31, are charged in a shooting on Interstate 40 in Cookeville.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol began investigating the incident after receiving calls from motorists saying shots were fired from a blue Chevrolet Suburban at another vehicle traveling on I-40 west, said officials.
THP Trooper Doug Foster then launched a chase down State Route 70 west after the vehicle failed to stop during the stationary sighting near the 291 mile marker westbound on I-40.
Edwards lost control of the vehicle, hitting a telephone pole and ejecting Lynn less than two miles on SR 70, THP said. He fled on foot and was quickly apprehended.
Authorities found handguns and methamphetamine in their possession, which resulted in several firearms and drug charges. Both are convicted felons. Edwards and Lynn were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries.
Edwards was released on $79,800 bond on June 21 and was scheduled to appear in Putnam County General Sessions Court on July 20. THP investigators turned the case over to the FBI due to the criminal backgrounds of the two suspects.
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