"As soon as we got it, we called the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and we can’t thank these guys enough," Linzy said.
The suspect, identified as Lanny Waldrop, 43, of 192 Bartway Drive, Murfreesboro, had an accomplice in his step-son Anton David Golladay, 24, of 111 Thelma Drive, Bell Buckle.
"The family that steals together, goes to jail together," Linzy said on Thursday.
He noted the suspect reportedly robbed three to four houses in Sumner County, Castalian Springs and Bethpage on Wednesday. They allegedly stole several firearms from the last home and were confronted by the father of the homeowner who shot at Waldrop and Golladay, scaring them off.
Authorities confiscated the weapons allegedly stolen from the home in the suspect’s vehicle and returned the evidence, vehicle and suspect to Sumner County.
"It looks like there may have been some gang involvement, with at least one of them," Linzy said, indicating authorities were worried about retaliation on the individual who confronted the suspect.
Linzy did not indicate on Thursday that either Waldrop or Golladay were involved in a gang as was originally suspected on Wednesday afternoon. However, he did point out that both have lengthy criminal records.
"Both are out on bond in Murfreesboro, one (Waldrop) on a $100,000 bond. Both suspects have lengthy records. We don’t understand why they are out of jail. One is also wanted in Robertson County on armed robbery," Linzy said.
WCSD Det. Ricky Knight said Waldrop had no charges against him in Wilson County at this time. Linzy said they would continue their investigation in Sumner County and thanked the WCSD for their assistance.
Linzy said the man who shot at the suspects "put his life on the line" to help solve the case, but the SCSD did not recommend people take that course of action. He expressed appreciation to the individual for providing the vehicle description to the authorities.
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