Multi-state manhunt for suspect accused of shooting Tenn. officer ends in Louisville shootout
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A multi-state manhunt that started in Tennessee after a man was accused of shooting a police officer ends in Louisville after shots fired leading to the suspect’s death.
Metro Nashville Police confirmed on Tuesday that 34-year-old Samuel Quinton Edwards died in an exchange of gunfire with Kentucky State Police in Louisville on Tuesday evening.
According to sister station WSMV, Edwards was wanted in connection to a shooting injuring a police officer in Hendersonville, Tennessee on Monday night.
Police said they initiated a traffic stop with Edwards in Hendersonville when he drove away. Edwards is said to have fired several shots at an officer while continuing the pursuit.
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The pursuit continued with the assistance of Metro Nashville Police. Edwards exited onto Old Hickory Boulevard and fired multiple shots at Officer Cameron Ferrell.
According to Hendersonville Police, one of the rounds hit Ferrell. Police said he has since been released from the hospital and is recovering from home.
Hendersonville Police said they partnered with Metro Nashville Police, Millersville Police Department, the FBI Task Force, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to locate Edwards, who was found in Louisville.
Following a pursuit Tuesday night around 8 p.m. on Dixie Highway, police said a shootout occurred between Edwards and Kentucky State Police with Edwards being killed in the crossfire.
Following the car accident in the intersection of Dixie Highway and Ashby Lane, Blake Curran and her boyfriend, John Maldonado were stopped in their car with nowhere to take cover.
They captured the gunfire on video and posted it to social media.
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“I saw police draw their weapons and I was like ‘oh my goodness, they have their guns out,’” Curran said. “So I’m like ‘what is going on?’ And then in that, like literal same second of me having that thought process, the shots just rang out. I mean it was like ‘boom, boom, boom, boom.’ It was insane.”
“Soon as it happened, police got out and started shooting,” Maldonado said. “You didn’t have time to brace for it. If there was people around, they couldn’t take cover. It just all happened like an action movie.”
Kentucky State Police said its Critical Incident Response Team responded and is handling the investigation at this time.
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