A weeklong manhunt has ended for the suspected killer Kirby Wallace in Tennessee. Wallace was considered armed and dangerous. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and Montgomery County Sheriff's Office's dragnet was aided by over 400 tips called in to the county's 911 center.
Wallace was wanted with a reward of $20,000 on his head for any information leading to his capture. The Tennessee Highway Patrol warned locals to lock windows and doors and be wary of any suspicious activity. Wallace was wanted on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, aggravated arson, especially aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated burglary and theft of property.
Thursday morning, the 53-year-old Wallace was suspected to have killed two people and seriously injured a third during the commission of separate crimes in two Middle Tennessee area residences.
Just before 10:30 AM, the TBI announced that Kirby had finally been brought in. Kirby was captured in Stewart County. A news conference is scheduled at Woodlawn in Montgomery County in which additional details will be revealed.
Friday morning following a "credible sighting" of Wallace in Stewart County led the search to move from Montgomery County to Stewart. Wallace was spotted attempting to hide behind a chicken pen in Indian Mound. According to Mitchell Allen, his neighbor spotted someone some 600 to 700 feet from Allen's home on Wild Creek Road.
"He was hunkered down beside of a chicken pen behind a truck," Allen told The Leaf-Chronicle.
The Allen family were warned to stay indoors as SWAT searched their garage, his father's barn and grandmother's shed. Meanwhile, helicopters and officers on foot canvassed the area. Roads in Cumberland City ferry have been reopened following the apprehension of Wallace.
Previously, on Wednesday, Stan Hembree found evidence of the possible suspect in the form of a dry sleeping bag and blanket on his property. At that time it had been the best lead the authorities had received to date.
Hembree spoke to local news media, "He just needs to turn himself in."
Over 100 officers, several K-9s and deputies from multiple counties were involved in seeking out the alleged killer.
He was believed to have been "hunkered down" in Stewart County as of Friday. Woodlawn was placed on lockdown Thursday with roadblocks, search dogs and helicopters surrounding the area.
The TBI even had planes flying overhead with heat-seeking technology to try and pick up some clue as to where Wallace had disappeared. In addition to massive search, K-9 units and aerial surveillance, Stewart County Schools were placed on a "soft lockdown" until Wallace could be caught. Some school bus routes were also canceled on Friday while deputies escorted school buses that drove through the Indian Mound area.
The gory tale began with Wallace attacking a couple and setting their house ablaze. The arson resulted in the death of the wife and serious injury to the husband. The one man crime wave continued the next day with a man being shot to death on Monday and his truck stolen. Wallace was then later seen driving the stolen truck. TBI recovered the truck but believed Wallace was now on the move and on foot somewhere in the vicinity of Cumberland City Road and Frankie Road.
Brenda Smith, 63 and her husband Teddy Smith came home from church on Sunday to find a strange man in their Rorie Hollow Road home. The couple were then bound before the house was set on fire. Mr. Smith managed to escape and was removed to Tennova Healthcare - Clarksville. The couple's son had to break a window in order to get his mother out. She was tied up with what appeared to be electrical wire.
"She was already dead," when they pulled her up the hill," Downs said.