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5 bodies found in Tennessee homes; suspect captured after manhunt

Law enforcement officials work at a command center set up at North Sumner Elementary School Saturday
Officials work at a command center in Bethpage, Tenn., after five bodies were found, prompting a manhunt.
(Mark Humphrey / Associated Press)

An officer in rural Tennessee shot the suspect in the investigation into the discovery of five bodies in two homes, capping an hours-long manhunt Saturday that ended with his capture.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody Saturday night about a mile from one of the Sumner County crime scenes.

Cummins, who was shot after he emerged from the woods, produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated, DeVine said. Cummins is being treated at a local hospital, DeVine said.

None of the responding officers was injured.


The bureau’s airplane was able to help authorities spot Cummins on the ground in a creek bed, DeVine said.

Michael Cummins
Michael Cummins in an undated booking photo.
(Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

A number of law enforcement agencies had been searching for Cummins, saying he could be armed and dangerous.

“The community should hopefully be able to rest a little bit easier tonight, knowing that [Cummins] is in custody tonight,” DeVine said.


Four of the bodies were found in one home, and the fifth victim was found in another home. DeVine said it’s possible that there is a sixth victim hospitalized. The Bureau of Investigation believes the two scenes are related.

Authorities have not released any details about the victims. They also have not said what kind of weapon was used.

The bureau is investigating the deaths and the officer-involved shooting, DeVine said.

Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky. The slayings were near the town of Westmoreland.

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