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Tennessee attorney accused of rape shoots himself when confronted by police

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a Tennessee man recently added to the Most Wanted list has died.
David Whelan, 49, indicted on rape charges.
David Whelan, 49, indicted on rape charges.(TBI)
Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2020 at 12:22 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, a Tennessee man recently added to the Most Wanted list has died.

Davide Whelan, a Murfreesboro attorney, who was indicted on rape charges, was located by authorities in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday.

When approached by officers, Whelan pulled a weapon and shot himself, according to TBI. Whelan was later pronounced dead.

TBI agents began an investigation on February 19 into allegations that Whelan tried to get a client to provide a sexual activity to him in lieu of payment.

TBI says during the investigation, they learned information that Whelan forced or coerced female clients into sex as a way to pay their attorney fees.

Whelan failed to appear in court earlier this week on charges of Aggravated Rape and Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure.

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