Ky. fugitive arrested in Tenn.; facing multiple charges including attempted murder of officer

Ky. fugitive arrested in Tenn.; facing multiple charges including attempted murder of officer
Anthony R. Phoenix, 34, of Wildersville, Tenn., is facing multiple charges in Tennessee, including attempted murder of a police officer. He was also served an arrest warrant out of McCracken County, Ky. (Source: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (KFVS) - A fugitive wanted in western Kentucky was arrested in Tennessee nearly two months later.

Anthony R. Phoenix, 34, of Wildersville, Tenn., is facing multiple charges in Tennessee, including attempted murder of a police officer.

He was charged on Monday, December 9 in Tennessee with attempted first-degree murder and felony evading arrest in connection to a Dec. 2 incident.

Police chase in Tennessee

On that Monday, TBI agents started investigating an officer-involved shooting in Decatur County involving deputy marshals with the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Agents say the deputy marshals found Anthony Phoenix, who was wanted on arrest warrants from Henderson County and the state of Kentucky, in the 100 block of Gilbert Road in Parsons.

Phoenix reportedly fled in a vehicle and led officers on a brief chase. At some point, officers fired at the vehicle.

No one was hit by the gunfire or injured as a result of the officer-involved shooting.

Phoenix was taken into custody and booked into the Decatur County Jail. He is being held without bond.

Wanted in Kentucky

On Wednesday, October 16, the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department investigated a burglary and assault complaint in the 3000 block of Bullard Street. It was reported that a woman known to the victim went to the home with a man that was not known to the victim. There as a confrontation regarding a juvenile.

When the victim told the man and woman to leave her property, the man allegedly forced his way into the home. He also allegedly threatened the victim with a knife and hit her with his fist.

The man and woman left the home when the victim contacted law enforcement.

McCracken County detectives identified the man as Phoenix. They say they worked with law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels to find and arrest Phoenix, but he continued to flee from multiple agencies and avoided arrest.

Phoenix is currently incarcerated in Tennessee and awaiting extradition to McCracken County.

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