Police arrested a suspect in the murder of Caitlyn Kaufman, a Nashville nurse. The 21-year-old man dates back to the early years of criminal violence (and the background of some mainstream media is reluctant to publish).
Kaufman, a 26-year-old intensive care nurse, was shot dead on Dec. 3 when he was led to St. Thomas West Hospital to work an evening shift. On Friday, Nashville police reported that the murder suspect, 21-year-old Devaunte L. Hill, was in custody. It was her “Involved” after their arrest, they were told in an interview that they did not provide details.
Nashville metropolitan police have arrested a 21-year-old suspect in the murder of an ICU nurse who was found shot dead in her car last week in a Tennessee interstate. https://t.co/7W1dNV1hMG
– NBC News (@NBCNews) December 11, 2020
Police believe they have a serious case against Hill after they found a handgun that fully matched the three bullets produced at the scene of the I-440 highway murder. Laboratory testing of the weapon confirmed that it was a murder weapon. The suspect’s phone is also placed near the scene the night Kaufman was killed.
The arrest, made by a SWAT team on Friday morning, followed a tip from a worried citizen who pointed to Hill as the perpetrator and explained where the nine-millimeter gun was located. The breakthrough came Thursday afternoon, hours after a group of anonymous store owners in Nashville offered a $ 50,000 reward for murder information.
Police say their investigation is ongoing and could lead to further arrests. They don’t speculate on the motive for the crime, but they claimed they confirmed that Kaufman and Hill didn’t know each other. This week, the media assumed the murder was a case of road rage.
DEVELOPMENT: Devaunte L. Hill, 21, is in custody for the murder of Cashlyn Kaufman, a Nashville nurse. Members of the MNPD SWAT arrested him at 6:15 a.m. at his East Nashville apartment. He is charged with criminal homicide. pic.twitter.com/lJ6LMHy8v7
– Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) December 11, 2020
According to WKRN, a local subsidiary of ABC, Hill has an extensive criminal record. In 2016, when he was 16, he pleaded guilty to attempting to commit three crimes. The shooting reportedly took place after his mother and grandmother tried to wake him up for school. Hill allegedly hit his grandmother, 12-year-old sister and six-year-old nephew.
Two months after the Tennessee Department of Children (DCS) took him back to his family in 2017, he was arrested for serious robbery near his home and detained until his 19th birthday. He was arrested next year for possession of drugs, while this year he was charged with assault on assault.
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