A manhunt is underway in northern Tennessee for a murder suspect accused of killing two people.
Kirby Gene Wallace, 53, was already wanted for a deadly attack last month when he allegedly fatally shot another man Monday before stealing his truck.
Montgomery County Sheriff John Fuson said during a news conference Monday that several law enforcement agencies have locked down an area near the Stewart County line in an effort to find Wallace, who is accused of attacking a couple Sept. 23, setting fire to their home, killing the wife and seriously injuring the husband.
Fuson said Wallace also allegedly shot a man Monday morning before stealing the victim's truck. Police later found the vehicle crashed. They believe that Wallace is now on foot.
"He's a dangerous person and he can get more desperate," Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray told CBS News. "We want to keep the public, number one, safe and we're going to stay on it until we get this person apprehended."
Even before Monday’s violence, officials in Tennessee declared Kirby to be on their top 10 most wanted list.He is wanted on first-degree murder, attempted murder and arson charges in the first incident.
Officers are searching rugged terrain with the aid of dogs and helicopters. Fuson urged residents in the area to stay in their homes and to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation urges people to be on the lookout for Wallace, a white man who stands 5’10” and weighs approximately 157 pounds. He has brown and gray hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information about Wallace’s whereabouts should call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.