By CHRIS LADD
A Saturday morning fatal shooting claimed the life of 18-year old Ja’Darrius Williams, who was pronounced deceased at the scene. Caleb Williams also age 18 was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.
The fatal shooting took place at the Econo Lodge at 221 West Main Street in Gallatin around 6:30 a.m.
Gallatin Police named Jonte Bender, a suspect for murder and attempted murder. Following the shooting, Bender was involved in a carjacking that occurred in the parking lot of the H&R Block at 1025 Nashville Pike in Gallatin at 8:56 a.m.
The vehicle that was stolen was a 2009 Dodge, Caliber, 4 door, burnt orange in color, with an FOP sticker on the back hatch window. Multiple law enforcement agencies spent all day searching for the whereabouts of Bender and the vehicle was carjacked.
Late Saturday night, Bender was spotted and led the Goodlettsville Police Department on a pursuit north bound on I-65. Just south of exit 104, Bender was involved in a crash. In a statement from the Gallatin Police Department after the crash Bender was found to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
In a statement by the TBI. At the request of 18th District Attorney General Ray Whitley, TBI Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Jonte Bender (DOB 1/29/98) that occurred Saturday night along I65. Preliminary information indicates the shooting was self-inflicted and occurred while Bender was being pursued by the Goodlettsville Police Department. Bender was pronounced dead at the scene .
The investigation remains active and ongoing.