A man was arrested Tuesday after crashing a car into a building in Cleveland, Tennessee, and then firing a gun inside the business, according to a news release from the Bradley County Sheriff's Office.
At about 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, an off-duty Tennessee Highway Patrol investigator noticed a reckless driver in a white Ford Fusion traveling northbound on North Lee Highway and turned around to follow the driver. Shortly afterward, the Bradley County 911 Center was notified that the same white Ford Fusion had crashed in front of a Verizon on North Lee Highway and received reports of an armed suspect inside the business.
Two Bradley County deputies went to the Verizon, where the male suspect was exiting the building with a firearm. The suspect was apprehended without incident and identified as 24-year-old Garrett Mitchell Morris.
According to witnesses at the scene — including the off-duty THP investigator who had caught up to the wrecked vehicle — Morris entered the building and shot multiple rounds from a firearm, which was later confirmed by detectives from the BCSO Criminal Investigations Division.
Morris was taken into custody and has been booked at the Bradley County Jail on charges of vandalism over $1000, possession of schedule 1 (heroin), possession of a firearm while under the influence, and a DUI.