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Search for felon ends in suicide

By Sabrina Bates

News Producer

A multi-agency manhunt in West Tennessee has ended in a reported death by suicide. A press release issued one week ago requested information on the whereabouts of convicted felon, 32-year-old Billy Andrew Smothers of Huntingdon.

Smothers was considered armed and wanted in theft investigations by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

A federal warrant was also issued for Smothers’ arrest for a parole violation. According to the release issued last week, Smothers was a person of interest in cases in Weakley County involving a residential break-in and gun theft, the theft of a vehicle from Taylor Automotive in Martin and the theft of a gooseneck trailer from Dresden. He also had active arrest warrants in Carroll County for stealing a vehicle and was considered a person of interest in Henry County for the theft of a vehicle and cattle trailer.

WCSD Capt. Randall McGowan said after last week’s press release was issued, the United States Marshal’s office received a tip about Smothers’ whereabouts.

Smothers was apparently located between Huntingdon and McLemoresville by deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. After a short motor vehicle pursuit, Smothers reportedly wrecked the vehicle and took off on foot.

As officers closed in on an armed Smothers, he committed suicide by gunshot. The convicted felon was facing additional prison time after his reported parole violation.

McGowan said several of the stolen items were recovered at a location in Lexington by the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department. Some of the guns are believed to have been sold and investigators are working to locate the remaining items.

The pick-up truck taken from the service department at Taylor Automotive in Martin has also been recovered.

The incident is being handled by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

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