Tennessee authorities charge man in connection to 7 murders
Suspect Michael Cummins was charged with six counts of first-degree murder, one count of criminal homicide, one count of attempt to commit first-degree murder and one count of theft, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced in a news release.
The agency began probing the fatalities in Sumner County on April 27, as well as an officer-involved shooting that linked to Cummins, officials said.
Six bodies were found at a residence on Charles Brown Road, as was another individual “who was alive but injured,” TBI said. Another body was discovered at a second scene on Luby Brown Road.
Cummins was identified as a suspect and a search for him ensued before he was located, the agency said.
“The situation escalated, for reasons under investigation, and resulted in at least one officer firing his service weapon, striking Cummins,” TBI said.
Cummins was released from the hospital on Friday, following which he was charged and booked into jail, according to the news release.
The TBI previously said that among the deceased were Cummins’ parents, David Carl Cummins and Clara Jane Cummins, as well as his uncle Charles Edward Hosale.
Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.