A man suspected of killing five people in rural Tennessee and injuring a sixth person was apprehended Saturday night after a massive manhunt, the Tennessean reports.
Police shot the suspect, 25-year-old Michael Cummins, who was later hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Law enforcement officers were not injured during the encounter.
Cummins’ arrest followed a large-scale manhunt after four people were found dead at one home and a fifth person at another residence. A sixth victim was injured but survived, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The agency named Cummins as the suspect in the killings at both scenes, which are believed to be related, although he has not yet been charged with any crime. Authorities took Cummins into custody at around 10 p.m. Saturday while searching wooded areas near the crime scenes.
Investigators are working to understand Cummins’ motive and how he knew the victims. He allegedly used multiple weapons in the attack. A forensics team on Saturday night was processing the scenes, which are located near the Kentucky border. Roads near the homes were blocked off from public traffic.
Police say a family member called 911 around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, prompting a response from more than 100 law enforcement officers, including the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol and local authorities in Sumner County.
Police used an airplane to find Cummins in the wooded area, possibly using a thermal-imaging camera to sense body heat. He was found in a creek bed about a mile away from the crime scenes. A SWAT team then descended on him.
[Feature Photo: Michael Cummins/Police Handout]