Escaped murder suspect found hiding behind Nashville church

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Dept.)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police captured a murder suspect who escaped custody early Wednesday morning in the Edgehill community.

Brian Williams, 32, was found hiding behind Greater First Missionary Baptist Church, located 1200 block of 9th Avenue North, around 9 a.m.

Metro police tweeted that tips from the public and the response of officers in the area led to his capture.

Brian Williams
Photo: WKRN

Williams escaped from an officer as he was being let out of a police car outside the Midtown precinct, located at 12th Avenue South and Wade Avenue around 12:45 a.m.

Surveillance video shows that as the three-year veteran officer opened the rear passenger side door of his patrol car to get him out, Williams bolted from the seat.

The officer chased Williams before he ultimately got away.

Williams managed to maneuver the handcuffs to the front of his body while inside the police car.

At the time of his arrest later Wednesday morning, police said the handcuffs were still on one of Williams’ wrists. Martin Luther King Jr. and Head Middle magnet schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution while police searched for him.

Brian Williams
Brian Williams was taken into custody after he was found hiding behind a Nashville church. (Photo: WKRN)

Williams was wanted for the fatal shooting of Henry Wilson, 34, who was killed during a physical confrontation in the parking lot of the Park at Hillside Apartments on Hillside Avenue Monday.

Williams is charged with criminal homicide, especially aggravated robbery and evidence tampering. He is being held in lieu of $1.125 million bond.

His girlfriend, Djuaya Stennis, is also charged with evidence tampering.

The 24-year-old woman was caught leaving her apartment with a black New Orleans Saints jersey concealed in her purse.

Police said the jersey matches what witnesses described as being worn by the gunman who killed Wilson. Authorities believe Stennis was told by Williams to remove the jersey from her apartment.

She is being held in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Williams’ arrest and his transport to the precinct will be reviewed, police said in a release.

Officers have also been directed to use a rear fenced parking lot while transporting in custody persons to the precinct.

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