Cops Investigating Whether This Man Knew 5 Victims

Michael Cummins is arrested in shootout with police after hours-long manhunt
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2019 9:11 AM CDT
Tenn. Cops Bust Fugitive Wanted in 5 Murders
Law enforcement officials work at a command center set up at North Sumner Elementary School Saturday, April 27, 2019, in Bethpage, Tenn. Authorities in rural Tennessee captured a suspect Saturday during a manhunt that was prompted by the discovery of several bodies in two homes.   (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Police are investigating whether a suspect captured after an hours-long manhunt knew five people whose bodies were discovered in two homes in rural Tennessee. Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody Saturday night after being shot about a mile away from one of the Sumner County crime scenes, said Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine. Police said officers responding to a 911 call from a family member led to the original discovery of four bodies and an injured person at the first home. The injured victim was transported to the hospital with unspecified injuries, reports the AP. The fifth body was found in another home. The TBI has not released any details about the victims. They also have not said what kind of weapon was used.

DeVine said at least one officer fired at Cummins after he emerged from the woods. Cummins is believed to have produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated. He was then taken to a hospital for treatment of what's believed to be injuries that aren't life threatening, DeVine said. A TBI airplane spotted Cummins on the ground in a creek bed. "The community should hopefully be able to rest a little bit easier tonight, knowing that (Cummins) is in custody tonight," DeVine said. TBI is investigating the deaths and the officer-involved shooting. Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky.

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