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Cumberland Co. murder suspect arrested in Georgia following fatal shooting

CCSO officials along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office of the 13th Judicial District are involved in the investigation.
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting a homicide investigation at a residence on Christian Road. /
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting a homicide investigation at a residence on Christian Road. /(CCSO)
Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 7:24 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 11:22 AM EDT
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CUMBERLAND CO., Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said a man was arrested Monday morning in connection to a fatal shooting.

CCSO deputies responded to a home on Christian Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Inside the home officials said they discovered Billy Ray Jones, 63, dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

CCSO officials along with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the District Attorney’s Office of the 13th Judicial District are currently conducting a homicide investigation.

Investigators named 38-year-old Thomas Mack Arnold, Sr. a suspect in connection to the incident. Cumberland Co. officials said Arnold attempted to flee to Florida. CCSO authorities reached out to multiple agencies in Georgia and issued a BOLO for the suspect.

Around 3:10 a.m. officials with the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia captured Arnold during a traffic stop on I-75 and contacted CCSO.

Arnold faces charges of first-degree murder. He will be extradited back to Cumberland County where he will await a court appearance.

“I wanted to thank all the multiple agencies who worked together so well to solve this murder investigation," Sheriff Casey Cox said. “This is a result of teamwork and multiple law enforcement agencies working great together.”

This incident marks the second murder investigation that CCSO solved in Cumberland County over the weekend.

Officials said further details will be released as the investigation continues.

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