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Suspect in April murder hospitalized after shootout with US Marshals

Sudekum Apartments shooting
Posted at 10:39 AM, Aug 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-12 21:52:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man involved in a deadly shooting and subsequent carjacking earlier this year has been hospitalized after an exchange of gunfire with US Marshals.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Deputy U.S. Marshals went to the Napier-Sudekum homes Friday morning to arrest Michael Clay for criminal homicide.

The U.S. Attorney says once officers entered the home, they learned Clay was upstairs, armed with an AR-style rifle. Federal prosecutors say after officers attempted to have Clay come downstairs, Clay pointed the rifle down the stairs in the direction of the officers, who heard a "click" following by the sound of racking ammunition into the rifle's chamber.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Clay then fired several times at the officers, who returned fire.

Police say Clay was hit, but no officers were injured.

Police say Clay was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in stable, but critical condition. No Marshals were hurt in the shooting.

Metro police said he was wanted for criminal homicide, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery-carjacking and violating his parole conditions.

In April, Clay was accused of killing one person and injuring another in a shooting outside a 7-Eleven on Gallatin Pike. Shortly after the shooting, Metro police said he was involved in a carjacking on Interstate 40.

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The FBI will be leading an investigation into Friday morning's shooting.

Federal prosecutors say Clay was charged Friday with assaulting a federal officer, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison upon conviction.