Update: Stories differ on fugitive's apprehension in Tennessee

Law enforcement stories differ on a Columbus fugitive's apprehension in Tennessee.

Posted: Jun 26, 2018 8:38 PM
Updated: Jun 29, 2018 12:40 PM

Update: 11:55 AM -- Tennessee Highway Patrol denies that Robert Beck wanted in connection with the Columbus Cracker Barrel shooting was in possession of a gun.  Lt. Jimmy Hill, with the Cookeville, TN Highway Patrol tells WTVA the arresting trooper found Beck in possession of drug paraphenalia and unauthorized possession of a weapon: brass knuckles.  Lt. Hill says THP dropped the charges against Beck because he waived extradition.  Chief Frederick Shelton told WTVA Thursday that a gun was found in Beck's possession when he was taken into custody in Tennessee.  Shelton further stated that he could not say at that time if the gun was the same one used in the Cracker Barrel shooting last Friday.   Beck, who is now back in Mississippi, faces aggravated assault and felon in possession of a weapon charges. 

Update:  6/28/18 8:24 PM.  We are learning more about the arrest of a man accused of firing shots in a Cracker Barrel in Columbus.   Columbus Police Chief Frederick Shelton confirms Tennessee Highway Patrol found Robert Beck in possession
of a gun when taken into custody.  However, it is unknown at this time if that gun is the same one used in the Cracker Barrel shooting last Friday.  The chief announced Thursday Beck has been charged with possession of a weapon by a felon.  The Putnam County sheriff's office in Cookeville, Tennessee told WTVA Thursday the state declined to file charges against Beck because he waived extradition and face serious crimes in Mississippi.  Chief Frederick Shelton says Beck has waived extradition and will be brought back to Columbus within the next five days.  We are not certain when Beck will be back, but we do know he is no longer listed on the Putnam County Sheriff's Office inmate roster in Tennessee. 

See the original post below.

COOKEVILLE, Tenn.  (WTVA) -- A Mississippi man will appear before a Tennessee judge on Wednesday. 

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it will file charges against Robert Beck. 

Beck is accused of shooting a manager at the Columbus Cracker Barrel Friday evening while looking for his girlfriend who works there.

A Tennessee trooper arrested Beck early Saturday in Cookeville, which is between Nashville and Knoxville during a traffic stop. 

We're told the charges will include misdemeanors and a possible felony. 

He's expected in Putnam County court Wednesday on the Tennessee charges.

An extradition hearing has not been scheduled yet. 

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