A Cumberland County man wanted on a federal warrant has died after shooting himself in the head as deputies closed in to take him into custody, Sheriff Casey Cox confirmed.
Ronald Dexter Hubbard Jr., no age or address available, was flown from near the scene to The University of Tennessee Medical Center where he died later at the hospital, Cox said.
The sheriff said that deputies received information that Hubbard was at a residence off Lantana Rd. near the City Lake Rd. intersection. Law enforcement had been looking for Hubbard for over two weeks to serve the federal arrest warrant. The charge is not known at press time.
Deputies had been informed that Hubbard, and others, were in a walk-in crawl space underneath the house. The entrance to the crawl space is from the backyard and is the type used for storage, Cox said.
Deputies arrived on the scene around 11:30 a.m. and quickly surrounded the rear of the house, calling for Hubbard to come out with hands up. The sheriff said that when the door opened, the homeowner was quickly pulled from the door.
One of the deputies made eye contact and heard Hubbard utter something the officer could not understand, and then saw him duck behind some plywood, Cox continued. The officers then heard a single gunshot firedand found Hubbard with a serious head injury.
Officers immediately announced, “shots fired,” and then called from an ambulance and a medical helicopter.
Crime tape was wrapped around the incident scene, and investigators interviewed nearby neighbors and at least one other person besides the homeowner.
Stuart Lowe, 50, was arrested on a charge of obstruction of service of a legal writ and was placed under $4,000 bond. Lowe will appear in General Sessions Court to answer the charge.