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Waffle House murder suspect in custody after 34-hour manhunt in Tennessee

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Police took into custody the man accused of murdering four people at a Waffle House early Sunday morning in Antioch, Tennessee. (Image source: Video screenshot)

After a 34-hour manhunt, police nabbed the man accused of murdering four and injuring at least seven others at a Waffle House restaurant in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday morning.

Where was he found?

Police found the suspect shortly after 1 p.m. hiding in the woods behind the apartment complex where he's lived since last fall, the Tennessean reported.

Undercover narcotics officers from Nashville's Metro Unit swarmed the wooded area after authorities received a tip from construction workers.

The caller told police that they saw someone sneaking through a secluded construction site.

The 29-year-old suspect hit the ground as soon as he saw a detective who drew his weapon on him, officials said, according to the New York Daily News.

He was carrying a black backpack with a Kimber semiautomatic handgun, .45-caliber ammunition, holster, and flashlight inside.

Authorities transported him to a hospital before taking him to jail.

At the station, the Illinois native asked for a lawyer and refused to give a statement, police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Police charged the suspect with four counts of homicide for the deaths of Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; Deebony Groves, 21: and Akilah Dasilva, 23.

What else?

On Sunday, the Secret Service said its agents had arrested the killer in July after they found him in a “restricted area” near the White House.

“He wanted to set up a meeting with the president,” Secret Service representative Todd Hudson said.

He lost his right to possess firearms following his arrest.

Illinois police confiscated four firearms from his possession, including the AR-15 used in Sunday’s killing, a spokesman for the Nashville police said.

When sheriff deputies came to confiscate the killer’s firearms last August, his father asked the officers if he could take possession of the guns instead.

Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston said the father was legally allowed to possess weapons in the state of Illinois, so they turned them over to him, but later the father returned the firearms to his son.

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