Man suspected in April homicide shot by U.S. Marshals after he allegedly fired upon them

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Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the 100 block of University Court to investigate an exchange of gunfire between a homicide suspect and U.S. Marshals on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the 100 block of University Court to investigate an exchange of gunfire between a homicide suspect and U.S. Marshals on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

A suspect in an April homicide investigation was shot by U.S. Marshals after he allegedly fired upon them first at a University Court apartment.

Michael Dwight Clay, 31, was in critical but stable condition late Friday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Metro Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said.

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Marshals were at the apartment at about 4:30 a.m. to serve outstanding warrants on charges of aggravated robbery, criminal homicide and aggravated assault.

Officers upon arrival learned Clay was upstairs and armed with an AR-style rifle, according to the United States Department of Justice. Officers allegedly attempted to get Clay downstairs, but Clay fired on the officers.

Officers returned fire and wounded Clay, officials said. The FBI is investigating the case.

One Metro police officer is assigned to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and was present at the time of the shooting.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the 100 block of University Court to investigate an exchange of gunfire between a homicide suspect and U.S. Marshals on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the 100 block of University Court to investigate an exchange of gunfire between a homicide suspect and U.S. Marshals on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

Clay is a suspect in the April 1 fatal shooting at a 7-Eleven market at the intersection of Gallatin and Maxwell avenues. Tywane Miller, 37, was mortally wounded and a 29-year-old woman, who was a passenger in his vehicle, was also injured.

The gunfire came from a person in a Ford Flex, police said. After the shooting, the car sped off and led officers on a chase on Interstate 40 east between Fesslers Lane and Elm Hill Pike.

The vehicle collided with several cars caught in traffic and the three occupants, Clay among them, fled.

The occupants of the Ford then approached a 2013 Subaru Forester, confronted the driver and pistol whipped him before taking the SUV, police said. That car was later found in the Bordeaux area.

Contact Tennessean reporter Kirsten Fiscus at 615-259-8229 or KFiscus@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @KDFiscus.

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