Police: Nashville murder suspect in custody after pursuit ends on I-65

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville murder suspect Recently added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 list has been taken into custody after a pursuit ended in a crash on Interstate 65 North.

Kevin Tidwell was wanted by police for a deadly shooting in South Nashville that happened last Saturday night.

Kevin Tidwell (Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

Metro police said Tidwell was initially spotted driving a Honda around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday on Bakertown Road in Antioch.

“He quickly moved out from the Bakertown Road Antioch area onto I-24 and eluded law enforcement for more than an hour in Nashville,” explained Metro police spokesman Don Aaron. “There was never a long pursuit in Nashville because of his erratic driving. We would see him one point and not see him at another point.”

A Williamson County deputy ultimately spotted him in the Cool Springs area and began pursuing him. Tidwell is then accused of ramming a U.S. Marshal’s vehicle before crashing on I-65 near Concord Road.

Tidwell, a documented gang member, was taken into custody around 10:30 a.m. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville as a precaution. He has since been released and remains in police custody.

At the time of his arrest, police said the 23-year-old had a pistol in his car.

A U.S. Marshal was also hurt in the crash and was taken to a local hospital with back pain.

Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department

Tidwell was wanted by Metro police for criminal homicide and attempted homicide after 24-year-old Jesus Flores was gunned down on McCall Street around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Wednesday, the TBI added Tidwell to its “Most Wanted” list, adding he was also wanted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection to an incident earlier this year in Nashville.

After his arrest Thursday, the Flores family released the following statement:

Even though this will not bring him back and our pain is still great we are over joyed that he has been caught and now justice can be served to him! We are so very great full for all the help from everyone. It means a lot to us. And a huge thank to the law enforcement that caught him we will forever be in depth to you all. Alberto can rest in peace now knowing justice has been served.

Tidwell was arrested in April 2016 for allegedly stealing a truck in Midtown and nearly running over two men. And when Tidwell was 19, he was questioned by police for his involvement in the murder of a family of three in West Nashville.