West Tn. Shooting Suspects Apprehended in RuCo

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Eric O'Neal Chearis and Zedequis S. Hardy

Two suspects wanted for multiple shootings in Bolivar, Tenn., were apprehended Friday at a Murfreesboro motel by a team of federal and local law enforcement officers.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold says suspects Eric O'Neal Chearis, 24, and Zedequis S. Hardy, 20, both of Bolivar, were charged with five counts of aggravated assault, said Bolivar Police Chief Pat Baker. More charges may be pending.

"We had seven shootings in five days," Chief Baker said.

One more suspect remains at large, he said.

"We were ready to join the U.S. Marshals and Murfreesboro Police in locating and apprehending these dangerous suspects," Sheriff Arnold said.

Detective Chuck Thomas, who is assigned to the U.S. Marshal's Task Force, said the U.S. Marshals in Jackson notified the U.S. Marshals in Nashville about the suspects believed to be in Murfreesboro.

"We were able to find them at the Regal Inn on South Church Street," Detective Thomas said.

Marshals, sheriff's detectives, along with the Active Crime Enforcement and Traffic Units and the Murfreesboro Police's Gang Unit took both Chearis and Hardy into custody without any problems.

"They had been working here two or three days," Detective Thomas said.

Hardeman County Sheriff's deputies picked up the suspects late Friday night to return to Bolivar and face the charges.

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