Cops say man kidnaps 18-month-old boy and runs across state lines before being shot to death
A man kidnapped an 18-month-old boy in Georgia and evaded police until he was killed in a shootout in Tennessee, authorities said.
The 31-year-old man accused of kidnapping has been identified as Tyler L. Roberts Tennessee Bureau of Investigation He said in a press release dated January 29.
The chase began on the evening of January 28 in Catoosa County, Georgia, where deputies said Roberts kidnapped the child while armed and led law enforcement on a chase along Interstate 75.
When Roberts crossed the northern Georgia border into Tennessee, he… Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office She began assisting in the pursuit, she said in a Jan. 28 news release.
Tennessee deputies reported using spike strips to deflate car tires before boxing Roberts near Ooltewah.
Once the nails were deployed, the man began shooting at deputies, who returned fire, authorities said. The suspect was fatally wounded and two deputies were shot.
The 18-month-old was not seriously injured in the crash, the sheriff’s office said. The deputies, whose names have not been released, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
“Although it is early in the investigation into this incident, it is clear that this individual was intent on evading authorities and clearly did not care who he was putting in danger in the process,” Hamilton County Sheriff Austin Garrett said in the statement. “I am grateful that the child is safe, and that our deputies only sustained non-life-threatening injuries.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is reviewing the incident. McClatchy News could not immediately confirm the relationship between the little boy and the man who was killed.
Ooltewah is located about 20 miles northeast of Chattanooga.