Smokey Barn News, October 14, 2013
Thomas Smith 27 Of Springfield Dies From Gunshot Wound In Sunday Shooting
According to a Springfield Police report obtained by Smokey Barn News, on Sunday evening at approximately 11:20 pm, Springfield Police were called to 1505 Leota Street in Springfield. The call came in that a person had been shot. When police arrived the victim (Thomas D. Smith, 27 years of age, from Springfield) was already in transit to NorthCrest Medical Center in a personal vehicle, the report said. It was determined that the suspect had fled the scene in a white 4 door vehicle.
According to witnesses on the scene, Tevin “Turk” Harris 21 (now a suspect in the shooting according to Springfield police) and the victim had been involved in an argument, and Harris allegedly shot the Smith. Smith died from his injuries, according to police.
The suspect (still at-large) lists a north Nashville address. The Springfield Police Department is currently preparing a photograph of the suspect for distribution. The Springfield Police Department will seek a murder warrant for the arrest of Tevin “Turk” Harris Monday morning.
Police have also indicated that there is already an outstanding warrant for the arrest of Harris on an unrelated case.
“As we examine the murders that have occurred over the past year, it appears as though there is a small subculture of violence that places a high value on violence and retribution, while placing a low value on human life.
Changing these values requires a long termed commitment from everyone… families, friends, churches, schools, and the whole community.” Springfield Police Chief David Thompson
Information leading to the arrest of the suspect, Tevin “Turk” Harris should be reported to Crime Stoppers at (615) 382-3799. The person providing the information can remain anonymous, and will be eligible for a cash award up to eligible for a cash award up to $1,000.
Photo taken 09/19/2012. DOB 06/26/1992, Ht. 5’ 7”, Wt. 129 Lb. Listed address 526, 31st Avenue North, Nashville, Tn.
Mr. Harris was seen leaving 1505 Leota Street in a white 2013 4dr Kia Tag F26-28B
The release of Tevin Harris DL photo was released for publication by the Tn Dept. of Safety. Jim Ball reporting
Smokey would like to convey our deepest sympathy to the family of Thomas Smith and to all those impacted by this tragedy.
UPDATE: October 15th 2013:
VIDEO: Murder Suspect Tevin “Turk” Harris Apprehended In Springfield
At approximately 12:41 AM Oct. 15, 2013 Tevin “Turk” Harris was arrested and charged with the murder of Thomas D. Smith. Now police say he is being considered as a suspect in the shooting death of Chatman. iPhone/iPad users click on image below to play video.
Smokey Spoke to Police Chief David Thompson Tuesday afternoon October 15th, the Chief indicated that during Harris’s arrest a gun and a cell phone were taken in as evidence. The Chief said that Harris’s gun is being put through ballistics to determine if the gun was used in any other murders. He went on to say that investigators will be specifically comparing retrieved rounds from Chatman’s murder to the gun taken during Harris’s arrest.
At the moment Harris has not been charged with Chatman’s murder. The Chief said the case will be presented to the Robertson County Grand Jury for a possible indictment, depending on the outcome of ballistics.
UPDATE: On Monday March 2, 2015 Mr. Harris went to trial and was found guilty of 2nd Degree Murder, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He could be sentenced 15 to 25 years in prison.
Mr. Harris also has additional charges pending which may or may not go to trial later this year.
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