Samuel Quinton Edwards, who was at the center of a manhunt after a Tennessee police officer was shot, died in a shootout with Kentucky State Police in Louisville, officials said.
Edwards, 34, was wanted after Tennessee officials accused him of shooting a Hendersonville police officer during a chase on Monday night. Officer Cameron "Cole" Ferrell was non-critically wounded in the shooting, the Hendersonville Police Department said.
The Metro Nashville Police Department reported that Edwards was dead just before 8 p.m. Tuesday.
BREAKING: Samuel Quinton Edwards has been involved in an exchange of gunfire with Kentucky State Police in Louisville. He is deceased.
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) June 29, 2022
How the search, Kentucky shootout unfolded
The manhunt began Monday night after Ferrell tried to pull over a black minivan Edwards was driving in Hendersonville, police said. Ferrell attempted the traffic stop at the West Main Street entrance of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard around 8
Police said Edwards fired shots at Ferrell and sped away on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard southbound. Nashville police joined the chase when it crossed into Davidson County. Ferrell was struck twice by rounds fired by Edwards, according to Hendersonville police.
Nashville police said Edwards abandoned the van in the 600 block of Gibson Drive and then fled on foot, armed with two guns. Police believe Edwards then stole a white 2009 Chevy Silverado pickup truck from Gibson Drive. The keys were left inside the truck, MNPD said.
Officials widely shared details about Edwards and the truck, including its license plate number. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also issued a "blue alert" early Tuesday morning as the hunt for Edwards continued, saying he was wanted for attempted criminal homicide and evading arrest.
The TBI alert went out via Twitter and also triggered messages on Tennessee Department of Transportation signs. An emergency cell phone alert did not go out until later in the day.
🚨A #TNBlueAlert has been issued for Samuel Q Edwards, wanted by Metro Nashville PD and TBI for Attempted Criminal Homicide and Evading Arrest.
He should be considered armed and very dangerous.
Please call 1-800-TBI-FIND if you know where he is. pic.twitter.com/kPtc50ICiY
— Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (@TBInvestigation) June 28, 2022
The Millersville Police Department reported around 9 a.m. that the truck was found on Cycle Lane off Bethel Road.
Just before 11 a.m. southbound lanes of Interstate 65 at Bethel Road in Robertson County were closed down as law enforcement searched the area, Millersville police said. Police tracking dogs led officers to the area, which was cleared just after 3 p.m. The interstate fully reopened ahead of the evening rush hour.
Around 8 p.m. officials reported Edwards died in a shootout with Kentucky State Police troopers on Dixie Highway in Louisville. Several videos on social media showed a large police presence at Dixie Highway and Ashby Lane after shots were fired at the scene Tuesday night.
KSP said an investigation is underway after troopers were involved in a shooting that left a person dead. The agency did not give a timetable for when more details will be released but said it is "committed to being transparent while ensuring the integrity of the investigation."
Hendersonville police said Ferrell was one day shy of his first anniversary with the department when he was shot. He has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. Ferrell is also a member of the Hendersonville SWAT unit and previously served with the Gallatin Police Department.
The manhunt involved multiple agencies across two states, including the Hendersonville Police Department; the Metro Nashville Police Department; the Millersville Police Department; the Tennessee Highway Patrol; the Tennessee of Investigation; Kentucky State Police; and an FBI task force.
Records: Edwards shot officer while out on bond
Out on bond, Edwards faced more than a dozen charges in Putnam County following a previous shooting incident on June 14, records showed. He and Erica Lynn, 31, are accused in a shooting on Interstate 40 in Cookeville.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol began investigating the incident after receiving calls from motorists saying shots were fired from a blue Chevy Suburban into another vehicle traveling on I-40 west, officials said.
THP Trooper Doug Foster then initiated a pursuit onto State Route 70 west after the vehicle failed to stop during stationary observation near the 291-mile marker westbound on I-40.
Edwards lost control of the vehicle, striking a telephone pole and ejecting Lynn less than two miles onto SR 70, THP said. He fled the scene on foot and was quickly apprehended.
Officials found handguns and meth in their possession leading to several felony gun and drug charges. Both are convicted felons. Edwards and Lynn were transported to a nearby hospital and treated for their injuries.
Edwards was released on $79,800 bond on June 21 and was scheduled to appear in Putnam County General Sessions Court on July 20. THP investigators handed over the case to the FBI due to both suspects’ criminal history.
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