Man Wanted for Capital Murder Captured in Mid-South
(Lauderdale County, TN) – A man suspected of killing a Texas couple has been captured in West Tennessee. Donny Greenhow was caught this morning after a nearly 24 hour hunt. Authorities had been searching for Greenhow in a heavily wooded area in Lauderdale County since Thursday.
Police say he had been on the run from East Texas for about a week after he killed two people. He was spotted yesterday in Ripley after he dropped his ID at a gas station.
The community where he was hiding the last 24 hours is breaking a sigh of relief.
”I was just on pins and needles all night. Every time the dog would even breathe wrong I would look out the window,” Lauderdale County resident, Karen Dowell, said.
Her fears were eased Friday morning when police took Donny Greenhow into custody. Police spent hours hunting him down in a 15,000 acre wildlife refuge off Crutcher Lake Road.
The search came to an end when a neighbor spotted Greenhow getting water from a river near a boat ramp.
Lauderdale County Sheriff Steve Sanders quickly went in with members of the swat team.
“We saw him kneel down on the bank. At that time we kept ordering him to keep his hands up where we could see them. We were able to cuff him without incident,” Sheriff Sanders said.
They found a 40-caliber handgun in his waistband. The same gun authorities believe was used in the murders of Peter and LaTricia Shicks.
Police believe he was planning to continue his crime spree in Western Tennessee. They think he came to Tipton County to harm his estranged father.
For now, the focus is getting Greenhow back to Texas to face capital murder charges.
People here say they’re relieved to see him go.
“I feel so much better,” Dowell said. “It’s like a big weight has been lifted
Greenhow is also being tied to a robbery at a Rite-Aid in Tipton County. Investigators say he committed that crime while on the run in Tennessee. But their first focus is on getting him back to Texas. He’s expected to be extradited within the next few days.