Fugitive at center of massive manhunt in Tennessee captured

Published: Oct. 3, 2018 at 1:34 PM EDT
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News Channel 5 in Nashville is reporting that Kirby Wallace has been captured.

Wallace has been the center of a manhunt in the Clarksville area after he's suspected of killing two people and attacking others.

TBI confirmed the news; according to THP, Wallace was apprehended in Stewart County by Henry County officials at around 10:15 a.m. on Friday outside of the "hot zone."

A team led by Sheriff Monte Belew discovered Wallace in a tree line. Belew and Cpl. Stacey Bostwick found two deer stands and positioned themselves to get a better view of the are; that's when Belew spotted Wallace.

Belew said he waited for Wallace to get closer, then told him to stop. Wallace initially cooperated, but then hid behind a tree.

Wallace reappeared shortly after that and complied.

Belew said Wallace had a gun in his waistband.

"We did find a loaded handgun in his waistband so we were very fortunate that we didn’t wind up in a shootout with the suspect. It crossed his mind because he told us it crossed his mind," he said. "We were lucky to get him in custody today without incident but it was just sheer luck. We just happen to be at the right place at the right time, persistence pays off and that’s what we’ve done this week."

Wallace is currently being held without bond in Stewart County.

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