Tennesse authorities announced Friday that they made an arrest in connection with a Nashville nurse who lost her life while traveling to work.
News Channel 5 reports that SWAT members arrested Devaunte L. Hill, at around 6 a.m. Friday morning. Authorities found Hill at an apartment in East Nashville. The suspect and the victim, Caitlyn Kaufman, did not know each other, according to police.
BREAKING: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody for the murder of Nashville nurse Caitlyn Kaufman. MNPD SWAT members arrested him at 6:15 a.m. at his East Nashville apartment. He is being charged with criminal homicide. pic.twitter.com/lJ6LMHy8v7
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 11, 2020
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a Nashville Parks police officer saw Kaufman’s car against a guard rail on December 3, off of Interstate 440 on the west end of the city shortly before 9 p.m. He stopped to assist, thinking it was a single-car accident.
The officer discovered Kaufman in the vehicle with at least one gunshot wound and called for assistance. Kaufman was pronounced dead at the scene. A gun was also left behind at the scene.
“That gun was test fired and we have a 100% match of the three 9mm shell casings found on the corner of the road on I-440 the night Caitlyn was killed,” Chief Drake said.
Authorities said Hill’s cellphone was in the area when Kaufman was killed.
MNPD said detectives believe Kaufman was on her way to at 7 p.m. shift at Ascension Saint Thomas West Hospital when shots were fired into her SUV between 6 and 6:30 p.m.
Authorities got a break in the case after an anonymous group of business owners posted a $50,000 reward, which brought the total reward in the case to over $65,000. According to Fox 17, police received information about the case within an hour of announcing the reward.
Kaufman’s Facebook page said she had worked at St Thomas’s Intensive Care Unit since 2018 and was originally from Chicora, Pennsylvania. She was a star diver at Clarion University in Pennsylvania.
Michelle Heard, a hospital spokeswoman, said that the facility would be providing support services for Kaufman’s fellow employees.
“She was a dedicated and much-loved member of our MICU team and a courageous health care hero who was graciously called to serve our patients with compassion and kindness,” Heard said.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and you, her colleagues, as we all grieve her heartbreaking passing.”
So far, a motive is unknown. Kaufman is facing a murder charge.
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[Featured Photo: Caitlyn Kaufman/Facebook]
Additional reporting by KC Wildmoon