Paris TN: Two confirmed killed in Paris Landing area shootings
A crime scene investigation truck from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is parked outside the scene of a shooting this morning at 100 Riverwood Drive in the Paris Landing area. The truck arrived just before 2 p.m. to help conduct the investigation into the double homicide that occured before 8:40 a.m. at the house.
An elderly couple have been confirmed dead in a shooting incident Friday morning in the Paris Landing area.
Law enforcement authorities were on an intensive manhunt after the married couple were found shot to death in their Riverwood Drive home at about 8:40 a.m.
Guy Kenneth Walker, 80, and his wife Barbara Jean Walker, 76, had lived in the 100 Riverwood Drive home, off of Highway 119, since 1999, according to Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew.
Suspect had earlier pulled gun on woman who gave him ride
The Walkers were found in their home during a safety check after an incident about 30 minutes earlier this morning in which a man held a woman at gunpoint as she was giving him a ride, according to police scanner information.
Crime scene tape surrounded the Riverwood Drive home this morning as an officer from the Sheriff’s Department guarded the house.
A for-sale sign was visible in the front yard and a late-1990s model Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight sedan with Tennessee tags was parked in the garage behind the crime scene tape.
The suspect was described as a white male from his late 20s to early 30s. His height is between 5 feet and 5 feet, 3 inches, with a slim to medium build. He has light brown hair.
He has a partial beard, was wearing old blue jeans with holes in them, a camouflage jacket and a camo hat.
It was believed the suspect is in a white 2001 Ford F-150 truck, with a license plate number of 471NTW. That truck had belonged to the Walkers. The truck has a toolbox in the bed of the truck and on the toolbox is a sticker about airplanes.
The shootings are believed to be related to an incident at nearby Cypress Road at 8:04 Friday morning when a woman called 911 and reported a man had abducted her and held her at gunpoint before she got away.
She said a man knocked on her door at her house on Cedar Drive in the Cypress Creek area and asked her for a ride.
When she gave him a ride, he pulled a gun on her. She later convinced him to get out of her car without harming her and she last saw him walking toward Highway 119 off of Highway 79 northeast of Paris from B&D Grocery at 125 Cypress Road, according to police scanner traffic.
Local law enforcement set up checkpoints at the intersection of Highway 79 north and Highway 119 and on Highway 119 at the Kentucky state line at 8:55 a.m. to search for the F-150 as well as notify people of the dangerous situation.
An alert was put out at 8:55 to all surrounding counties describing the suspect as armed and dangerous.
About 20 officers from various law enforcement agencies were on scene investigating the shooting and looking for the suspect by 9 a.m. Two helicopters were also called in to aid in the search.
Officers had left the checkpoint at the intersection of Highways 79 and 119 by early Friday afternoon.
Belew said anyone with information about the suspect or the pickup truck he's believed to be driving should call the Sheriff's Department at 642-1672 or the crime hot line at 642-0429.
"Be on the lookout for this mysterious character," Belew said. "We're continuing our aggressive investigation. He is armed and dangerous, so be careful."
To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms, and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them...’’ — Richard Henry Lee, 1787
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