Man Wanted In Gallatin Homicide, Carjacking Dead

Posted at 2:47 PM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-08 17:17:11-04

Police in Gallatin said a man wanted for homicide and attempted homicide, among other charges, died Saturday.

Reports stated 20-year-old Jonte Bender was wanted in a fatal shooting at the Econo Lodge in the 200 block of West Main Street that happened Saturday morning.

Authorities identified the victim as 18-year-old Ja'Darrius Williams. He died at the scene.

Caleb Williams, age 18, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Authorities later confirmed Bender was also wanted in connection to a carjacking that took place just before 9 a.m. Saturday at the H&R Block in the 1000 block of Nashville Pike.

He fled from the carjacking in a burnt orange, four-door 2009 Dodge Caliber. The vehicle had an FOP sticker on the back hatch window and was bearing Kentucky tag 690RVW.

Police said later Saturday night, Bender was involved in a pursuit with officials of the Goodlettsville Police Department on Interstate 65 North. 

His vehicle crashed. Bender was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the circumstances surrounding Bender's death.