Suspect’s parents, uncle among 7 killed in Tennessee, authorities say
A suspect’s parents and uncle were among the seven people found dead in two homes in rural Tennessee, authorities said.
Michael Cummins, 25, was arrested Saturday about a mile from one of the two crime scenes in rural Sumner County. He was shot and wounded while being taken into custody after authorities spotted him in a creek bed.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation identified the dead as the suspect’s parents, David Carl Cummins, 51; Clara Jane Cummins, 45; and his uncle Charles Edward Hosale, 45.
The other victims were identified as Rachel Dawn McGlothlin-Pee, 43; whose relationship to Cummins wasn’t clear; her daughter Sapphire McGlothlin-Pee, 12; and Rachel’s mother, Marsha Elizabeth Nuckols, 64. Another victim, Shirley B. Fehrle, 69; was found in a separate home. Cummins allegedly stole a Kia from Shirley Fehrle, his neighbor and one of the victims, citing an arrest affidavit, the Tennessean reported.
An eighth victim, a relative of Cummins, survived and was said to be in critical condition, according to ABC News.
Cummins has a lengthy criminal record and had multiple court-ordered requests in the past to undergo mental health checks.
A warrant for the suspect’s arrest was being prepared by a probation officer a day before several people were found dead, the Tennessean reported. Arrest warrants for Cummins were filed Monday on a charge of criminal homicide for at least one of the deceased and a charge of theft of property over $10,000.
It was not immediately clear what type of weapon was used.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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