Statewide Manhunt for Earnest Moore Ends

(Memphis) A statewide manhunt for a convicted killer from Memphis is over.

Sunday morning, Earnest Moore turned himself in at 201 Poplar. He’s accused of shooting his girlfriend and her three children.

The family was in the middle of moving to Memphis from the Nashville area when an argument sparked. Witnesses say, Moore shot the four near Madison, Tenn., and took off running barefoot into the woods. He left his 3-year-old daughter behind.

“You never know why someone turns themselves in. We’re glad that was able to happen,” said Chip Washington, who is with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department.

News Channel 3 tracked down Moore’s family in North Memphis. They didn’t want to be identified but tell us that they too were worried after seeing reports on News Channel 3 about the shooting.

It’s not the first time Moore, who is schizophrenic and bipolar, has been in trouble.

His father says that at just 15 years old, Moore was sent to prison for 18 years for the shooting death of an elderly man in his home.

“When someone is loose and out there, you never know what can happen of a tragic nature,” said Washington.

Court records show that in 2008, Moore was arrested for attempted second-degree murder stemming from a shooting on Bellevue. The charges were dropped.

Now, Moore is behind bars at the Shelby County Jail. Nashville police are expected to extradite him to Middle Tennessee where he faces charges.

Moore’s girlfriend and her children remain in the hospital. They are expected to be OK.

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