UPDATE: Suspect in Loudon County manhunt in custody, faces attempted murder charges

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LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. (WATE) — The suspect in a Loudon County manhunt is in custody, according to law enforcement.

Devin Damascus McGuire, 31, was caught around 7:30 a.m. Monday and has been taken to the Loudon County Detention Facility.

McGuire is charged with four counts of attempted murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping of a woman after allegedly shooting a multiple rounds from a high-powered rifle at police who were attempting to conduct a traffic stop on Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities were searching in the Hirst Circle area outside of Lenior City, in the northern area of the county.

Devin McGuire is in custody.
Photo: Loudon Co Sheriff’s Office

The incident began Sunday, when Lenior City Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle a woman inside. The vehicle reportedly had active warrants. Police said the woman did not stop when officers flashed blue lights.

LCSO Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis said McGuire was in the vehicle with the woman and that McGuire leaned out of the passenger side and opened fire on Lenior City officers and Loudon County deputies at two different times with an AR15 during the pursuit.

Davis said no officers were injured but some of the vehicles in the pursuit were hit by gunfire.

Once the vehicle came to a stop near Highway 11, Davis said McGuire exited the vehicle, dropped the weapon and ran from officers.

One of the vehicles hit by gunfire during the pursuit.

The woman in the vehicle has not been identified but was taken into custody, according to Davis. She is being interviewed by detectives.

Davis said Knox County, Blount County and Tennessee Highway Patrol were searching for McGuire. Two helicopters, K9 teams and a bloodhound also assisted in the overnight search.

Staging area for crews.

“Everyone at LCSO would like to extend our thanks to the Lenoir City Police Department, the Blount County SWAT and K9 teams, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Patrol and Aviation Divisions, the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Aviation Unit, the United States Marshall Service and Priority EMS, for their quick response and amazing help. We are blessed to have a network of law enforcement partnerships that extend well beyond our county lines,” said a statement from the sheriff’s office.

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