Madison Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody

Madison Homicide Suspect Taken Into Custody

CREATED Mar 20, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – SWAT teams were called out to a house in Davidson County where the suspect in a fatal shooting was taken into custody.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department issued a warrant for 22-year-old Darius Montez Tate in connection with the shooting death of Jamahl Saunders.

Warrant Division officers and SWAT members took Tate into custody Thursday at a home on North 2nd Street without incident.

Saunders was shot and killed in the 1200 block of Berwick Trail in Madison around 9 p.m. on February 10. Police said he was unintentionally killed when he and Tate opened fire on two men seated in a car parked on the street.

Investigators said Tate unintentionally shot Saunders when firing upon the car. They said Saunders also fired some of the shots directed at the car.

The driver of the car, 23-year-old Quvando Beddingfield, also suffered a minor gunshot wound to his arm and ran from the scene.

Officers already in the area heard the gunfire and found Beddingfield, a convicted felon, on nearby Evergreen Drive. When they went to Berwick Trail, they found Saunders lying on the ground. A gun was found next to his body.

According to investigators, all four men involved were convicted felons.

Tate has been charged with reckless homicide and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Information about his bond was not available.

Tate had been serving a four-year probated sentence for two felony cocaine convictions since July 2013.