Former TSU officer shot, killed at Robertson County gas station


SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was shot to death at a Robertson County gas station Tuesday night. Three people are wanted, and only one has been identified so far.

The shooting happened at the Phillips 66 Sudden Service on Maxey Road in Cedar Hill, just off exit 19 off Interstate 24.

Jonathan Outlaw, 42, a former police officer at Tennessee State University, was shot at least one time and died at the scene.

According to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, three suspects arranged to meet Outlaw at the gas station after contacting him about purchasing a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro he posted for sale on Craigslist.

During the meeting, authorities say Ricardo Murray Jr., 19, and the two others attempted to steal Outlaw’s car, shooting him as they fled with the Camaro.

Detectives told News 2 the longtime officer was shot three times.

Detectives say they believe the Phillips 66 only served as a meeting point as the victim is from Clarksville and the suspects from Nashville.

A former supervisor and longtime friend, Cedrick Cusic, says Outlaw was a good cop and a better man.

“And he was a son and a grandson and a cousin, a good friend, a masonic lodge brother, an all-around good guy, and he loved people and his family. He was outgoing. He was easy going and laid back and a nefarious act from some heinous people cut Jonathan Outlaw’s life short,” Cusic told News 2.

Murray now faces charges of with criminal homicide, aggravated robbery, and theft of property over $10,000. He was added to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted list early Wednesday evening.

Murray is a black man who stands 5 feet 8 inches and weighs approximately 164 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about Murray’s whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to Murray’s arrest.

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