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TBI identifies victims in I-24 fatal shootings and carjacking

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 9/14/2020 Natalie Neysa Alund, Nashville Tennessean
a man looking at the camera: Dangelo Dorsey © Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Dangelo Dorsey

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Monday released the names of two people killed during an Interstate 24 carjacking and shooting rampage in Middle Tennessee over the weekend.

The TBI confirmed Darcey Johnson, 28, died in the Sunday morning shooting on Interstate 24 near Beechgrove in Coffee County.

Phillip Jordan Stevens, 23, of Morrison was the male hostage killed later on Sunday afternoon, the TBI announced.

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On Monday, the TBI released new information in the case including that Stevens was executed in front of his wife just before a police pursuit along the interstate. His body was recovered along I-24 near exit 111B outside Manchester, about 65 miles southeast of Nashville.

The TBI would not release the identity of four other victims involved in Sunday's melee including the names of two other people also shot.

According to Stevens' Facebook page, he was from McMinnville, was married to Aileen Stevens, attended Warren County High School and studied at Middle Tennessee State University.

Please help us keep the Stevens family in prayer. Sadly, Phillip Jordan Stevens was murdered today in a carjacking...

Posted by Campaign Church of God on Sunday, September 13, 2020

On Monday, Campaign Church of God in Rock Island Pastor Jarvis Johnson posted on the congregations' Facebook page asking people to pray for the Stevens family.

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Johnson, who works at the Warren County Sheriff's Office as a school resource officer, said Stevens' mother teaches kindergarten at West Elementary and his wife, who is pregnant, teaches at Hickory Creek Elementary.

"She is safe but the family is broken and needing prayers," Johnson wrote. "We as a community need to stand together in support for this precious family. Let us never take for granted the time God gives us and always remember to love one another."

Information about Darcey Johnson was not immediately available but the TBI did confirm he was from St. Louis, Missouri.

The individual believed to be responsible for killing both men, Dangelo Dorsey, crashed a stolen car while being chased by law enforcement later in the day and took his own life, the TBI reported.

Dorsey, 29, of St. Louis, has no adult arrest record in Tennessee. 

But TBI Director David Rausch said Dorsey does have an extensive criminal record in Missouri. He was not, however, wanted by law enforcement on any outstanding warrants at the time of Sunday’s events, the TBI said.

Shooting inside car sparked the incidents

The series of events began about 9:30 a.m. when Dorsey opened fire inside a vehicle traveling west on I-24 near Beechgrove, the TBI reported. Johnson died, and another man whom authorities did not identify was injured.

TBI spokesman Josh DeVine confirmed Monday that Dorsey knew both men in the vehicle with him.

What sparked the shooting was not immediately known, DeVine said.

"It was an argument of some sort, but, beyond that, we have no details to provide at this time," DeVine said.

Following the shooting inside of the vehicle, Dorsey exited and attempted to carjack a nearby vehicle, according to the TBI. The driver was able to escape on foot.

Dorsey then approached a nearby truck, and during the exchange with that driver, Dorsey fired his weapon and shot him in the face, the TBI reported. At that point, Dorsey approached another driver and, when she attempted to drive away, shot through the car’s window, striking her in the hand.

Dorsey then drove off in an undetermined vehicle, rear-ending the Ford Mustang in which Phillip Jordan Stevens and his wife were traveling. They stopped, believing it to be a fender-bender, and — at that point — Dorsey took them hostage at gunpoint, the TBI reported.

Rausch said Dorsey ordered the married couple to drive him to their home in Morrison, where he took two guns and a blue Toyota Rav 4. 

Shortly before a police pursuit, Dorsey took both hostages to a location in the McMinnville area, separated them, and executed the male hostage in view of his wife, the TBI announced Monday.

He then forced the woman back into the Rav 4 and returned to the interstate.

Authorities recovered the man's body near exit 111B on westbound I-24.

Around 3:30 p.m., law enforcement located the vehicle heading east on I-24. Following a chase that reached 100 miles per hour, Dorsey flipped the car about 3:45 p.m. in Grundy County and then killed himself, Rausch said. 

Stevens' wife survived.

The TBI is investigating the series of events and will report their finding to the attorneys general who requested the agency's assistance.

Anyone with any information surrounding Sunday's events is asked to call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Natalie Neysa Alund covers breaking news in Nashville for USA TODAY NETWORK - TENNESSEE. Reach her at nalund@tennessean.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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