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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the capture of a multiple murder suspect in Tennessee (all times local):

12:00 p.m.

A sheriff credited with arresting a multiple-murder suspect without firing a shot says Kirby Gene Wallace was carrying a loaded handgun and ready for a firefight.

Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew told a news conference that he and Cpl. Stacey Bostwick were hiding in two deer blinds when they saw Kirby Gene Wallace walking toward them at about 10:15 a.m. The sheriff said he shouted at Wallace and pointed an AR-15 rifle at the fugitive.

The sheriff says Wallace reached for a loaded handgun at his waist, but then raised his hands empty and kneeled to the ground. He says Wallace told them he had considered firing, but figures he surrendered once he realized the officers “had the drop on him.”

Wallace is wanted in two counties on charges that include murder, arson and kidnapping.

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11 a.m.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a multiple murder suspect has been captured after a dayslong search involving helicopters and dogs in rugged terrain.

The agency says 53-year-old Kirby Gene Wallace was taken into custody on Friday after a search that narrowed to Stewart County. It says more details will be released at a news conference.

Wallace is wanted on multiple charges after being accused of attacking a couple and setting their house on fire, killing the wife and seriously injuring the husband. He’s also accused of fatally shooting a man Monday and stealing his truck.

Authorities say the search was complicated because Wallace knows these woods, which have caves and other hiding places. Area schools have been on “soft lockdown” and school bus routes were cancelled to avoid having children exposed.

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9:37 a.m.

Authorities say they’re closing in on a multiple-murder suspect in Tennessee, using helicopters and dogs in rugged terrain.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says 53-year-old Kirby Gene Wallace has been spotted for a third time in Stewart County, where Sheriff Frankie Gray says his deputies are using K-9 units to encircle the suspect in a heavily wooded area.

Wallace is wanted on multiple charges after being accused of attacking a couple and setting their house on fire, killing the wife and seriously injuring the husband. He’s also accused of fatally shooting a man Monday and stealing his truck.

Authorities say Wallace knows these woods, which have caves and other hiding places. Area schools are on “soft lockdown” and have cancelled school bus routes to avoid having children exposed.

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Information from: WTVF-TV, http://www.newschannel5.com

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