Two more bodies found in Tennessee home, suspect linked to 7 deaths

Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in rural Tennessee captured a suspect Saturday during a manhunt that was prompted by the discovery of five bodies in two homes. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Michael Cummins, 25, was taken into custody Saturday night in connection with the slayings in Sumner County.

An officer in rural Tennessee shot the suspect in the investigation into the discovery of five bodies in two homes, capping an hours-long manhunt Saturday that ended with his capture.

Cummins was shot after he emerged from the woods, produced multiple weapons and the situation escalated, DeVine said. Cummins is being treated at a local hospital, DeVine said.

None of the responding officers were injured.

TBI's airplane was able to help authorities spot Cummins on the ground in a creek bed, DeVine said.

A number of law enforcement agencies had been searching for Cummins, saying he could be armed and dangerous.

"The community should hopefully be able to rest a little bit easier tonight, knowing that (Cummins) is in custody tonight," DeVine said.

Four of the bodies were found in one home, while the fifth victim was found in another home. The TBI believes the two scenes are related.

Sumner County is northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky. The scenes are near the town of Westmoreland.

Authorities have not released any details about the victims. They also have not said what kind of weapon was used.

"We will be here for what will surely be a long night for many in the law enforcement community," DeVine said.

Sumner County is just northeast of Nashville and borders Kentucky. The slayings were near the town of Westmoreland.