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Manhunt update: Looney glad children are safe


The superintendent of Williamson County Schools said he is as happy as anyone that sheriff’s deputies apprehended an armed fugitive who had been the subject of a manhunt over the weekend.

Authorities arrested Jeff Vaughn, a school employee, around 10 p.m. yesterday. Vaughn allegedly fired a shotgun at a vehicle containing his wife, children and another family member Saturday night.

"I am overjoyed they apprehended him," said Dr. Mike Looney, WCS superintendent. “The deputies of the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office worked very hard to catch the suspect. I am glad the boys and girls in our district are safe.”

As a member of WCS maintenance staff, Vaughn had keys to multiple school facilities throughout the county, Looney said. Vaughn’s responsibilities primarily involve playground equipment.

Williamson County Schools are closed Monday as announced last night. Canceling school for the day when the suspect’s whereabouts were unknown was a prudent measure, according Looney. Likewise, he said it was logistically too complicated to change course after announcing 90 minutes prior that county schools would be closed Monday.

“I am probably the most popular person in the county with our school children today,” Looney said.

Sheriff's deputies took Vaughn into custody around 10 p.m. Sunday night in the Trinity Road area of Williamson County, concluding a manhunt that lasted more than 27 hours. It was not clear whether the armed suspect surrendered peacefully to authorities. It also remains unclear whether he had been outside since fleeing the day before.

Williamson County Medical Center treated Vaughn’s wife for wounds caused by pellets from a shotgun blast and shattered glass before releasing her Saturday night, according to Jeff Long, Williamson County sheriff. Authorities served Vaughn with an order of protection at the request of his wife earlier in the week, Long said.

The sheriff said the search included the campuses and buildings of Page High School, Page Middle School, Clovercroft Elementary School and Trinity Elementary School. A helicopter from the Tennessee Highway Patrol aided in the search, which focused on the Trinity Road and Wilson Pike area. A spokesperson for the Franklin Police Department confirmed that its K-9 unit also assisted in the search.

Looney said it is doubtful that Monday’s missed school day will have to be made up.

Posted on: 2/24/2013


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