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Deputies Catch Second Suspect In Murfreesboro Shooting

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James Russell James Russell
Bradley Benefield Bradley Benefield

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The second of two suspects wanted in connection with a Murfreesboro shooting has been taken into custody.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said 35-year-old James Richard Russell was taken into custody Monday morning around 7:30 a.m. 

Investigators waited outside Russell's home. When he stepped outside they took him into custody without incident. 

Officials said Rachel Jacobs was shot with a shotgun at her Mount Tabor Road home off U.S. Highway 41 South around 2 p.m. Sunday. 

The victim spoke exclusively to NewsChannel 5 about what happened.

"He said 'don't make me shoot you,' and I didn't move a muscle. I didn't move anything...he just shot me right there and I couldn't believe I was shot. I turned around and I just felt blood was just everywhere all over me," said Jacobs.

Jacobs was transported to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She suffered from buckshot wounds all over her body. Her husband, Shayne Jacobs, was home at the time, but was not injured in the incident.

"Why would you do this to me? I never did nothing to nobody. I'm hurt and I can't walk and I can't move. This is my home and look what it looks like now - it's a wreck and I don't even feel safe sleeping here anymore," said Jacobs.

Bradley Benefield, age 25, was taken into custody around 7 p.m. Sunday by members of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Search Tactical Team. He was found hiding in a neighbor's garage on Lee Lane. At that point, officers recovered the victim's stolen vehicle and a stolen handgun.

Sheriff's deputies continue to search for Russell. He reportedly fled in a white Jeep Liberty with license plate #995RTL. Police believes he was armed with a 22-caliber hand gun.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol patrolled the vicinity by helicopter in search of Russell. Police were also using K-9 units to search the woods.

Officials said K-9 Officer Eli collapsed while tracking one of the suspects due to the intense heat. She was being treated by a veterinarian.

Early reports listed Brian Underwood as a person of interest, but deputies determined he was not involved.

Anyone with information about the shooting has been asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 615-898-7770.

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