TBI charges Bledsoe County man with killing 2, injuring 2 others in Crossville

The TBI took John Patrick Fields into custody Wednesday evening, and charged him with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder. (Image: TBI, MGN)

UPDATE (Thursday morning):

According to a criminal history check from TBI, a judge sentenced Fields to serve 10 years in prison starting in 1998 after a voluntary manslaughter conviction.

He didn’t receive another charge until 2007 regarding child support payments. Deputies charged Fields with assault in Bledsoe County on March 1st. The alleged murders happened March 13th.

ORIGINAL STORY (Wednesday night):

Special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) have arrested a Bledsoe County man in the deaths of two people, and attempted murder of two others in Crossville Tuesday.

According to the TBI, John Patrick Fields of Pikeville was responsible for two related incidents that day - one on Critter Creek Road, and another on Vandever Road.

The state agency says Cumberland County deputies responded to a 911 call and found the body of 47-year-old Lowell Thomas "Chip" Simmons outside of a home on the 80 block of Critter Creek Road.

Later that night, the TBI says three people were shot at a home on the 2500 block of Vandever Road. 23-year-old Makayla Manning died at the scene, while another man and a woman were hospitalized in Knoxville.

The TBI took John Fields into custody Wednesday evening, and charged him with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder.

He has been booked into Cumberland County Jail on $5,000,000 bond.

The TBI says autopsies will be performed in Nashville.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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