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Suspect wanted in 4 murders in 2 states captured in South Carolina

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A man suspected by authorities of committing four murders across two states was captured Monday in Chester County, S.C.

Photos posted on Twitter by reporters for local news station WSOC showed Tyler Terry handcuffed and surrounded by several sheriff’s deputies.

Terry is accused of fatal shootings in South Carolina’s Chester and York counties, according to local news site WSPA, and is also suspected of committing two homicides in St. Louis County, Mo.

“Considering the conditions he was in, he is in relatively good health,” said Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey upon Terry’s arrest, according to WSOC. “He was provided medical assistance and was hydrated.”

“I don’t have to tell you how elated we are,” added the sheriff. “I’m so proud of the men and women out here.”

Monday’s capture ended a two-week manhunt that began after Terry and a suspected accomplice, Adrienne Simpson, fled a traffic stop in a vehicle in Chester County. The pair crashed, resulting in Simpson’s arrest, while Terry fled the scene.

Simpson’s 33-year-old husband, Eugene O’Brien Simpson, is thought to be among the four murders suspected to have been committed by Terry. He was declared missing on May 2, and his body was discovered last Thursday.

The St. Louis shooting occurred on May 15, but investigators did not begin searching for Terry in that case until ballistics matched up with the Simpson shooting as well as at least two other shootings thought to have been committed by Terry around Chester County, though it wasn’t clear if those resulted in any victims.

Dorsey said that Terry did not resist officers when he was captured Monday.

“He was still conscious,” Dorsey told WSOC. “I believe he was ready to run but he was surrounded and had nowhere to go. He was tired and thirsty. He was all cut up, bug bites, clothes torn. He’s exhausted.”

“I’m proud for these men and women,” the sheriff continued. “There are people up there who haven’t seen their wives of children all week and they sacrificed their own lives to keep Chester County safe.”

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