Michael Cummins was on the run after police sought him in connection with multiple homicides in Sumner County, Tennessee, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced on Saturday. He has since been taken into custody. Law enforcement officials have not named him as a suspect but have said that he is a “person of interest.” Here is what we know so far about Cummins and what happened. This is a developing story.
1. Officials Have Taken Cummins into Custody
In a tweet shared by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) earlier on Saturday, officials said that Michael Cummins is wanted as a “person of interest” in connection with five homicides in Sumner County, Tennessee. The TBI said that he could be hiding in the woods near where the homicide victims were found. He could be armed, so the public was asked not to approach him but to call 911 immediately if they saw him or had any idea where he might be. (The above photo is from a Facebook that belongs to a Michael Cummins from Westmoreland, Tennessee.)
A resident in the area said that a code red text sent to her phone described Cummins as wearing a white T-shirt, black raincoat, camo shorts, and yellow and blue shoes. Here is what the emergency alert looked like when it was sent out at 5:38 p.m., as shared by a local resident on Facebook.
Cummins is 5’7″ and 180 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes, officials said.
Since the warning was issued, Cummins has been taken into custody, the TBI announced Saturday night.
Sumner County borders Kentucky and is northeast of Nashville.
2. Five People Were Found Dead in Two Homes in Sumner County
Officials said that four people were found dead in a home in the 1100 block of Charles Brown Road in Sumner County, WKRN reported. The home where the bodies were found is between Westmoreland and Oak Grove, Tennessean reported.
Another person was found at the scene who was injured but still alive, TBI shared. That person was transported to a nearby hospital.
A fifth person was found dead inside a home on the 1500 block of Luby Brown Road, WHNT reported. (An earlier report from the police said it was Luvy Daniels road, but they later corrected the location.) Police believe this death is connected to the others, but have not yet said why.
The following alert was sent out, a resident shared on Facebook:
The victims have not yet been identified by law enforcement.
3. Cummins Has Two Prior Charges for Assault and Arson
Nick Beres of local news NC5 said on Facebook that Cummins has two prior charges on his record. He said both charges are from Sumner County: one is from 2017 for aggravated attempted arson and the second is for aggravated assault.
According to Cummins’ Facebook, he once worked as a technician and attended high school at Westmoreland High.
4. He Was Shot When He Was Taken into Custody.
Officers searched for Cummins with K-9 units and tactical gear, and a helicopter was helping with the search, Beres noted.
A dozen law enforcement and a SWAT team went to a location in a creek bed about one mile from the first scene. TBI noted: “The situation escalated, for reasons under investigation, and resulted in at least one officer firing his service weapon, striking Cummins.”
Cummins’ injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
5. Officials Have Not Yet Said Why They Believe Cummins Is Connected to the Homicides
Officials at this time have released few details about Cummins or the homicides. They haven’t shared the cause of the deaths or why they think Cummins might be connected. They have only said that he is a person of interest, but have not said whether he is a suspect. The motive is also still being investigated.
This is a developing story.