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Tennessee man on TBI’s ‘most wanted’ list dies after running across freeway, police say

A man who was on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s most wanted list was killed Thursday after darting across a freeway while fleeing a highway patrol officer, authorities said. 

Rodney Garrett, 59, who was wanted for attempted criminal homicide, died following an “incident” on I-840 Thursday morning in Smyrna, Tennessee, TBI said in a press release. 

Rodney Alan Garrett
(TBI)

A state trooper patrolling I-840 Thursday morning spotted a man walking on the shoulder of the westbound side, Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller told reporters at a press conference.

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The man reportedly fit the description of the man described in a police “BOLO” — “be on the lookout” — who authorities believed was armed. 

I-840 in Tennessee.

I-840 in Tennessee.
(Google Maps)

Miller said the trooper observed that the man on the freeway had a pistol. The trooper turned on his blue lights and turned the vehicle around to investigate, Miller said. 

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The man took off across the highway, running into the median and into eastbound traffic. A vehicle hit and killed him, Miller said.

The neighborhood where police responded to a domestic shooting. 

The neighborhood where police responded to a domestic shooting. 
(Google Maps)

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold confirmed that the man on the highway was Garrett. He said Garrett was a suspect in a “domestic shooting” that happened just after midnight Monday. 

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Garrett’s wife sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to an area hospital, where she is recovering, Arnold said. After the shooting, Garrett fled and remained at large until yesterday.

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