Serious crimes in the state fell by 5% in 2020. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual crime report, and law enforcement authorities say the pandemic is responsible for much of the downturn.
Police in Nashville say a man has confessed to a brutal and random attack with a machete, and that he claims he carried it out to demonstrate his anger over pandemic-related shutdowns.
Listen / Among the questions that emerged after seven bodies were discovered in Sumner County on Saturday was why the suspect wasn’t already in custody. Michael Lee Cummins had a long criminal history and was on probation for another crime at the time of the murders.
The seven people found dead in Sumner County over the weekend include the father, mother and uncle of the suspect. The other four victims’ relationship to the suspect is still unclear, authorities said at a press conference Monday morning. The suspect, 25-year-old Michael Cummins, remains in custody.
Listen / Nashville is on pace to end 2018 with substantially fewer murder cases than last year. Yet, overall crime has ticked upward, largely because of more thefts and the fourth straight year of substantially more stolen cars.
Recent Nashville car thefts and break-ins are generating buzz on social media about a possible technological advance by thieves. But city police say they’ve not seen clear evidence of changing tactics by criminals.
The man accused of opening fire inside the Opry Mills Mall earlier this year will not be prosecuted.
Updated Friday morning: Authorities today say they captured Steven Wiggins less than 2 miles from where a Dickson County deputy was found fatally shot on Wednesday.
Listen / As of late Sunday, dozens of police officers are still searching for the gunman who terrorized a Waffle House in Nashville, killing four and wounding two. But everyone involved is praising the bravery of a 29-year-old who wrestled away an AR-15 and kept a mass shooting from becoming a more horrific massacre.