LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a man wanted by Indiana police has died in Tennessee after exchanging gunfire with deputies.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told media it appears Shane David Townsley died from a gunshot wound, but it wasn’t clear whether it was from a deputy’s gun.
Police say the death occurred Thursday in Overton County, which is about 90 miles northeast of Nashville, after a chase involving gunfire.
TBI officials said an Overton County Sheriff’s deputy was attempting a traffic stop on the vehicle Townsley was driving when he opened fire and fled. The deputy pursued and called for backup. After more gunfire was exchanged, police say Townsley crashed in a ravine.
Police said he was wanted on felony warrants in Indiana, but had family in Overton County.
In Lafayette, Indiana, police Detective Lt. Brad Hayworth said at a news conference Friday that the 34-year-old Townsley was the only suspect in the shooting death of 32-year-old Wesley Ehrie. Hayworth said Townsley was a resident of Flora, a town 20 miles northeast of Lafayette in north central Indiana.
Hayworth said Ehrie died Tuesday at a Lafayette home in a shooting stemming from a dispute over a television.
Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley told the Lafayette Journal & Courier that Townsley also was wanted in connection with an April 12 burglary in the nearby Benton County town of Oxford. A homeowner there was shot in the leg while trying to defend himself and his wife from intruders.
Hayworth said Tennessee authorities were attempting to execute a Benton County warrant to apprehend Townsley when the fatal shootout ensued.
The investigation into the Tennessee shooting is continuing.
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