TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Forensic scientists processing the scene of multiple homicides in Sumner County located an additional victim, according to an announcement Sunday afternoon by the Tennessee Bureau of investigation.
The additional victim brings the total to seven deaths and one critical injury at two different locations in the Westmoreland area. Investigators are still working to verify the identities of the victims, the TBI said. Witnesses said that several were relatives of the suspect, Michael Cummins, 25.
Cummins was taken into custody late Saturday night after he was spotted by a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation aircraft, pursued by members of a Sumner County joint SWAT team, then shot by an officer on the team.
He was transported him to a local hospital for treatment with injuries that were not immediately believed to be life-threatening. No law enforcement officers sustained injuries in the arrest effort.
TBI Agents began investigating the deaths on Saturday evening, shortly after authorities, responding to a 911 call from a family member, found the bodies of four individuals in a home in the 1100 block of Charles Brown Road. They also found a fifth, injured victim at the scene, and medics transported the individual to the hospital. Authorities soon learned of a second scene, a short distance away in the 1500 block of Luby Brown Road, where they discovered another deceased individual.
During the course of the investigation, authorities developed information leading to Michael Cummins (DOB: 9-8-93) as the suspect in the crimes. During the coordinated search by law enforcement agencies from across the region, TBI employed its aircraft and located, in a creek bed approximately one mile from the first scene, indications of an individual. More than a dozen law enforcement officers from the county’s joint SWAT Team went to that location, where they encountered Cummins. The situation escalated, for reasons under investigation, and resulted in at least one officer firing his service weapon, striking Cummins.
TBI Agents and Forensic Scientists continue to gather relevant evidence and interviews in support of both the homicide investigations and the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Efforts to identify the motive in the homicides, along with Cummins’ relationships with the victims remains ongoing. In turn, all investigative findings will be forwarded to the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration.
The TBI does not identify the law enforcement officers involved in these types of incidents, and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective departments.