Man executed in front of pregnant wife during Tennessee crime spree, friends say

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COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (KSNT) — A gunman executed a hostage in front of his pregnant wife during a weekend crime spree spanning several Tennessee counties, according to friends of the victims.

The suspect, accused of killing two people and wounding at least three others was identified by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation as Dangelo Dorsey, a St. Louis man, who eventually took his own life.

During a news conference Sunday night, David Rausch, the director of the TBI said the situation began around 9:30 a.m., when Dorsey opened fire inside of a vehicle traveling along Interstate 24 near the Beechgrove exit. He killed one person inside with him and wounded another, the director explained.


(Courtesy: Jenna Underwood)

As traffic stopped along the interstate, Rausch said Dorsey got out of the vehicle he was in and attempted to carjack another driver, shooting that driver in the hand. A truck driver in the area was also reportedly shot in the face.

Dorsey then carjacked a couple, forcing them to drive him to their home in Morrison, where he took two firearms, swapped vehicles and took the man and woman as hostages, Rausch explained.

Dangelo Dorsey (Courtesy: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

In the coming hours, Rausch said Dorsey executed the male hostage and threw him from the vehicle. The man’s body was later recovered along I-24 westbound near Exit 111-B.

Law enforcement located Dorsey’s vehicle traveling eastbound on I-24 around 3:30 p.m. Following a pursuit that reached speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour, Dorsey crashed, then took his own life, investigators said.

His female hostage, who friends said is pregnant, was recovered safely, Rausch added.

While friends have provided the names of the victims, News 2 will not release them until the TBI confirms family has been notified.

The incident remains under investigation by the TBI.

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