Suspect recently added to TBI’s Most Wanted list hit, killed on I-840

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Posted at 11:27 AM, Nov 04, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A suspect, who was recently placed on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted list, has died after police say he was struck and killed on Interstate 840.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol provided an update Thursday afternoon, saying a trooper was on routine patrol around 8:30 a.m. and spotted a man walking with a gun near mile marker 42.

THP officials said the trooper turned around and turned on his lights — at which point the man ran across the median and was struck by oncoming traffic. He died at the scene.

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold identified the deceased as Rodney Garrett, who was wanted for attempted criminal homicide in a shooting that injured his wife.

Rodney Garrett

Since Monday, Stephanie Garrett has been fighting to stay alive.

"I wasn't shocked, but I am shocked. I never thought he would do it. But I knew it was volatile, just still shocked that it ended this way," said Tavie Gonzales, Stephanie's sister.

Arnold said that Smyrna police were called to Almaville Road around midnight Monday in response to a domestic shooting. Garrett's wife was shot and then taken to an area hospital, where she is recovering, Arnold said.

Gonzales says Rodney and Stephanie Garrett got into an argument, which turned physical and nearly deadly.

"At that point, Rodney shot her from across the street and tried to drag her back into the house by her hair and the neighbor came out and said, 'we've called 911, Stop. Don't do this,'" Gonzales said.

Stephanie was shot in the chest and suffered a broken nose and eye socket.

When police arrived, Rodney Garrett was already on the run.

By Wednesday, Garrett was added to the TBI's Most Wanted list and Thursday morning he was dead.

"I mean, of course, that's tragic. You know, and yes, we want justice. I want the justice for Stephanie and I've been hollering that since Monday. But, did I want him to die? No, you know, not like this. I didn't want any of this to happen," Gonzales said.

Stephanie has a long road to recovery but she'll make it.

Her family wants this to be a warning for others in similar situations to get out while you can.

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