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Standoff in South Nashville ends as police say suspect dies by suicide

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Posted at 1:17 PM, Apr 01, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — After several hours, a standoff situation in South Nashville has ended after Metro police say they found the suspect dead by an apparent suicide.

U.S. Marshals, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Metro police were involved in the situation at the La Quinta Inn on Sidco Drive. Marshals were attempting to arrest 48-year-old Michael Lynn Tucker, who had been tracked to that location. Tucker was added to the state's most wanted list earlier this week after he was accused of killing three people in Memphis on March 26.

When U.S. Marshals got to the door, someone inside fired at least three shots. Police said officers never fired back, but they did deploy tear gas at some point, but received no response.

Metro police set up a perimeter at the motel, and negotiators were on scene. Police said Tucker never spoke to negotiators who attempted for hours to bring him into custody peacefully.

TBI said Tucker was wanted by the Memphis Police Department on three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of criminal attempted first-degree murder and weapons charges.

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After 3 p.m. Thursday, SWAT members breached the motel room and found Tucker dead on the floor from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.