Man takes own life as U.S. Marshals approach to arrest him in Columbia

(Courtesy: Maury County Sheriff's Office)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man shot himself and died Tuesday as federal agents approached to take him into custody.

Danny Shelton with the U.S. Marshals says they were going to arrest 47-year-old Bryan Prince for violating the conditions of his pre-trial release on meth charges.

Shelton says the suspect was spotted in the 100 block of N. James Campbell Blvd. When he reportedly saw the Marshals approaching, he shot himself.

He was pronounced dead after being taken to the Maury County Regional Medical Center.

No federal agents fired their weapons. No one else was injured.

News 2 reported last year that Prince was caught with nearly $50,000 worth of crystal meth, was arrested, and faced federal charges. However, Prince didn’t show up for his court date and had been on the run for almost a year.

Then, on Aug. 22, Columbia police were called after Prince allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s hotel room, beat her, and tried to rob her and her boyfriend at gunpoint.