Tennessee murder suspect captured in Georgia

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The suspected gunman accused of murdering a 63-year-old man near Crossville over the weekend was arrested during a traffic stop in Georgia early Monday morning.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded around 6:30 p.m. Sunday to a home on Christian Road, where deputies said Billy Ray Jones was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

During the course of the investigation, which included the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 38-year-old Thomas Mack Arnold, Sr. was identified as the suspect. Investigators determined Arnold fled Tennessee in a green 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis and was attempting to drive to Florida.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said deputies in Crisp County, Georgia conducted a traffic stop on Arnold around 3 a.m., as he traveled south on Interstate 75.

Arnold was taken into custody on a charge of first-degree murder. He will be extradited to Tennessee.

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