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Man wanted for Nashville murder arrested Sunday morning

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a man standing in front of a sign: Antwan Churchwell was arrested by Metro Police on a charge of criminal homicide. © Metro Nashville Police Department

Antwan Churchwell was arrested by Metro Police on a charge of criminal homicide.

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Antwan Churchwell, wanted in connection with a murder on Feb. 1 inside a car on Glenrose Avenue, has been arrested, police said.

Metro Police said Churchwell, 28, was captured late Saturday night despite his carjacking of a vehicle and kidnapping two people inside it.

Police were conducting surveillance at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at an apartment building on North Natchez Court after receiving information Churchwell was there. They saw him come out briefly armed with a pistol before going back inside. Officers immediately entered the apartment building.

Churchwell saw them and ran, making his way to a convenience market at 3500 Nolensville Pk. Where he saw a 38-year-old man exiting his car. He grabbed the man, threw him out of the way and drove off in the vehicle, which still contained the victim’s 16-year-old daughter and 31-year-old cousin. The two females later told police that Churchwell pointed his gun at them and ordered them not to use their phones as he drove.

Officers initiated pursuit of the vehicle. Churchwell drove at speeds over 75 mph into oncoming lanes of traffic and the wrong way on a one-way street. He wound up crashing into a brick wall at Trimble and Chestnut streets where he bailed from the car and continued to flee on foot. The two females in the car were not injured.

Officers said Churchwell jump a locked fence at 71 Trimble Street. A Metro Police K-9 responded and took Churchwell into custody.

Churchwell was booked into the Davidson County Jail on Sunday morning on a variety of charges, including criminal homicide.

Metro Police had named Churchwell as the person who fatally shot Mayte Aguirre, 24, inside a car on Feb. 1. Detectives said Churchwell shot Aguirre from the back seat as she was riding in the front passenger seat. Aguirre was dropped off at Southern Hills Medical Center at 2:10 a.m. Monday by Churchwell and another man.

Records show Churchwell, 28, has been charged with two counts of domestic assault, two counts of violation of order of protection order, two counts of aggravated assault, violation of probation, theft of property $1,000 or less, criminal homicide, two counts of evading arrest, aggravated child endangerment, robbery, carjacking, two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, felon in possession of a handgun, trespassing, reckless endangerment, possession of controlled substance, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on the wrong side of the street.

Churchwell has a court appearance set for Wednesday on the charges.

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