Metro police believe the gunman killed in a shootout with officers in Tipton County Monday morning stole a truck at gunpoint from a man in Nashville three hours before.
Law enforcement officers in Tipton County shot and killed Chastain Montgomery, 18, of La Vergne, who Metro police believe stole the truck in Nashville. Montgomery was also wanted on an attempted murder warrant for allegedly shooting another teen in front of a Mt. View Road hair products store on Jan. 4.
A masked gunman held up Bill Petty around 6 a.m. Monday morning at an Elm Hill Pike construction site, taking his pickup truck, wallet and cell phone. Police used the OnStar system in Petty’s truck to track it to Haywood County at about 8:40 Monday morning. Deputies then followed it into Tipton County on Highway 70.
Metro police said Montgomery initially refused to pull over for officers but eventually stopped at the intersection of Highways 59 and 70, where he got out to the truck and shot at police. Deputies returned fire, killing Montgomery.
In the Jan. 4 shooting, police said 17-year-old Patrick Pruitt left the hair products store and was getting into his brother’s car when Montgomery yelled at and then shot at him. The two teens knew each other from high school and had apparently been involved in a previous dispute. The attempted homicide warrant will be abated due to the death of the suspect.