Tennessee man on the run after allegedly shooting cop has long criminal history


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The Tennessee man on the run after allegedly shooting and wounding a police officer during a car chase on Monday night has an extensive criminal history, according to local reports.

A TBI criminal report on Samuel Q. Edwards, 34, dates back to at least 2005 and includes alcohol, drug and weapons offenses.

Samuel Quinton Edwards, 34, was identified as the wanted shooter in the shooting of a Henderson police officer in suburban Nashville on Monday night. Investigators say Edwards is armed with two guns and should be considered “extremely dangerous”.
(Nashville Metro Police Department)

Edwards was arrested in 2017 for a DUI – his fifth overall – and sent to prison. Upon his release in 2019, Edwards continued his crime spree.

Most recently, Edwards was involved in another high-speed chase on June 14 in Putnam County, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report obtained by WREG. The report says Edwards lost control of a Blue Chevy Suburban, hitting a utility pole and causing a female passenger to be ejected in the parking lot. Edwards allegedly tried to flee the scene but collapsed.

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The THP report says officers found multiple firearms and ammunition in the Suburban. He further alleges that Edwards resisted arrest, but was eventually overpowered and taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for his injuries.

Edwards was incarcerated in the Putnam County Jail for evading arrest, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, driving with a revoked license, reckless endangerment and possession of methamphetamine, WREG reported.

He was eventually released after posting $79,800 bond.

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Edwards is still at large for Monday night’s incident and a manhunt is underway to capture him. He is wanted for attempted homicide and evading arrest. Authorities asked the public to call 911 immediately if they spot Edwards.

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.


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