Fentress County couple helped capture suspected Waffle House shooter

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The husband and wife who helped investigators capture the suspected Waffle House shooter said they are not heroes. They were thankful they were at the right place at the right time.

Travis Reinking was found in a wooded area outside an apartment complex in Nashville after an hours long manhunt. He allegedly killed four people and injured several others on Sunday.

“I just had an uneasy feeling. I was sick to my stomach,” said Lydia French.

Lydia French was nervous driving to work in Antioch on Monday knowing a manhunt was still underway. They were at their construction site when she and her husband, Brian French, saw a suspicious man walking out of the woods. The couple said he fit the description of TBI’s most wanted man.

“We hadn’t seen anybody on the job since we had been there and we had been there since February,” said Brian French.

They said Reinking was covered in mud. Lydia French quickly called 911. She said they spotted him a second time after the first call just 50 yards away from them.

“We had heard there was another gun missing but we didn’t know for sure,” she said.

They said it did not take long to capture him. Their vigilance made the uneasiness go away but the couple does not want to be called heroes.

“The real hero is the one who took his gun and saved the lives. That’s the truth,” said Brian French.

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