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General Investigations Section
The General Investigations Section was assigned 2,528 cases that range from theft to homicide. Over the past year, the section cleared 459 of those assigned cases with an arrest, resulting in 947 criminal charges.

Partnership With Directed Patrol Unit
Because of the increased number of burglaries in 2010, the General Investigations Section partnered with the Directed Patrol Unit within the Patrol Division. These efforts lead to the arrest of multiple suspects for burglary and the return of personal property to the victims. We also saw an increase in motor vehicle thefts, which may be related to the rise in scrap metal prices. Investigators worked with salvage companies to help identify suspects leading to the arrest of several suspects. These are just some of the ways the General Investigations Section worked toward solving these crimes.

Unsolved Homicides 
  • On March 9, 2012, investigators responded to 709 Southeast Broad Street in regards to a body that had been discovered. After an autopsy, the medical examiner determined the manner and cause of death was a homicide. The victim was later identified as Ellis W. Smith of Murfreesboro. This case is currently open. 
  • On September 3, 2012, Officers responded to 220 East Chestnut where they discovered 52 year old Mickey Simmons of Alabama had been shot. This case is currently open.

Homicides Currently Under Prosecution 
  • On January 9, 2012, investigators responded to 1345 Wenlon Drive in response to a shooting that left Cody Clevenger dead. Several individuals were indicted as a result of the investigation and are currently awaiting trial. 
  • On August 12, 2012, investigators responded to Benley Street in reference to a shooting that had occurred. Terrell Shannon was pronounced dead and Dominique Green was believed to be responsible. A warrant for homicide was issued and the U.S. Marshals located Green out of state. He is currently fighting extradition to Tennessee.

Notable Cases
  • The Best Buy on Medical Center was burglarized by a group of individuals resulting in a loss of over $100,000. The individuals stole three vehicles locally and used them to commit the crime. This was done throughout the southeastern United States as well. Investigators are working with federal law enforcement agencies to solve this case.
  • A multi-county rare coin thief was brought to justice after investigators tracked the suspect throughout the mid-state. A grand jury indicted the suspect on theft from $10,000 to $59,000.
  • A suspect responsible for stealing over $80,000 in copper wire, pipe, and tubing was arrested and indicted on theft over $60,000. Detectives work diligently with local metal recyclers to stop metal thieves.