Memphis mass shooting suspect dead after standoff with police at Nashville hotel

NASHVILLE, TENN. — The suspect in a mass shooting in Memphis last week was found dead inside a Nashville hotel room after a several hours-long standoff with police Thursday afternoon.

Michael Tucker was wanted on three counts of murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder after allegedly shooting five people last Friday night, killing three of them.

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Just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nashville police announced that after getting no response from Tucker for several hours, they deployed tear gas and sent a drone into the room he was barricaded in and discovered Tucker dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service confirmed to FOX13 that they were assisting Nashville Police at the La Quinta Inn in South Nashville where Michael Lynn Tucker was held up inside.

According to police, when they tried to get Tucker out of the room earlier in the day, shots were fired through the door three times.

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation added Tucker to the TBI’s Most Wanted list on Monday.

According to WZTV, the nearby Cracker Barrel, Waffle House and the motel itself were on lockdown. People staying at motel in the area of where Tucker was believed to be were evacuated.

Someone with Tucker has been detained for questioning, WZTV reports.