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2 In Custody After Hickman County Pursuit

Posted at 5:48 AM, Jul 27, 2016

Two people have been arrested after a pursuit involving police and sheriff's deputies in Hickman County.    

Reports of a large police presence began coming in late Tuesday night after several residents reported a chase in Centerville.  

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed the incident began as an attempted traffic stop along Highway 100 in Centerville. 

Police tried to pull over two people in a car around 11:30 p.m. At some point, the vehicle sped away, at which point a chase ensued. The two suspects were identified as 19-year-old William Dennis Leidecker and 34-year-old Michael J. Shaffner.   

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said shots were possibly fired during the pursuit, and that the two inside the car appeared to be armed.  

The car wrecked in a wooded area near the Keg County Pawn Shop. From there, more shots were possibly fired before the two suspects ran to a nearby neighborhood along Crestview Drive, where they confronted a homeowner. 

Niland said the homeowner chased them away, but Leidecker returned to the house. That's when the homeowners nephew ordered the suspect to get on the ground and fired at least one shot. 

When officers arrived, they found that the nephew had help the suspect uninjured on the ground until help could get there.

Just before noon Wednesday, authorities confirmed the second suspect had also been arrested.

It's unclear at this time why officers initiated the original traffic stop.   

Shaffner was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Felony Evading. He is currently being held in the Hickman County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Leidecker of Lyles was charged with one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and one count of Misdemeanor Evading. He was booked into the Hickman County Jail on a $15,000 bond.