Cumberland County murder suspect arrested in Georgia


CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) – A man was arrested in Georgia and charged first-degree murder in connection to a Cumberland County fatal shooting early Monday morning.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call to 25 Christian Road around 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Officials discovered 63-year-old Billy Ray Jones deceased inside the home from an aparent gunshot wound.

Cumberland County Sheriff’s Investigators, Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation, and members of the 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office responded to
the scene to conduct an investigation. Thomas Mack Arnold Sr., 38, became the focus of the investigation in which it was believed that he had committed the murder and shot Jones.

Arnold attempted to flee the state to Florida. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office contacted multiple Sheriff’s Offices in Georgia near I-75 and issued a BOLO for the suspect Arnold as well as a green 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis.

At approximately 3:10 A.M. The Crisp County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia contacted Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox and advised him that Crisp County Sheriff’s Deputies had captured and arrested suspect Arnold as they conducted a traffic stop

Thomas Mack Arnold, Sr. has been charged with first-degree murder and will be extradited back to Tennessee to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office awaiting a court appearance.

Sheriff Cox said “I wanted to thank all the multiple agencies who worked together so well to solve this murder investigation”. He also said “this is a result of teamwork and multiple law enforcement agencies working great together.” This is the second murder investigation that agencies responded to, worked, and solved in Cumberland County this weekend.

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