The suspect in a shooting that occurred outside of a home in Sumner County on Wednesday was later found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Sumner County law enforcement officials.
The shooting took place in the 100-block of Shun Pike in Cottontown around 9 a.m. on April 7, according to Aaron Pickard, chief deputy with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.
“When deputies arrived, they found a male adult had been shot in the face,” Pickard said. “The deputies along with Sumner County EMS rendered aid and the victim was transported from the scene by LifeFlight.”
The 24-year-old victim was undergoing surgery at a Nashville hospital as of Wednesday afternoon, Pickard added. However, the severity of his injuries was unknown.
According to investigators, witnesses identified the shooter as being Dontarius Long, 25, of Springfield. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot with a 17-year-old female following the shooting.
Following a possible sighting of the pair, deputies set up a perimeter in the area of Pond Road.
The juvenile, who is also from Springfield, was found walking down a driveway near Highway 25, according to authorities. She was taken into custody without incident before being released to her guardian.
Long was later located lying on the ground by the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s aviation unit. When deputies arrived, they found him deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
While the investigation remains ongoing, authorities believe the incident was related to previous relationship issues.
Not additional details about the shooting have been released.