INDIAN MOUND, TN (WSMV) - The search continues for an armed and dangerous fugitive who police believe could be hiding out in Middle Tennessee.
Kirby Gene Wallace, 53, was added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive list last week for a home invasion that left a woman dead in Stewart County.
Wallace is believed to be armed and dangerous, and authorities said residents should not approach or confront him.
Wallace is a white male who is 5'10" and weighs 157 pounds, with graying brown hair and hazel eyes. He has been known to have facial hair.
If neighbors see anything suspicious, they should call police. Those tips could very well lead to Wallace’s arrest. Anyone who sees Wallace should call 911 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday an additional $2,500 reward for information leading to the capture of Wallace, adding to a $2,500 reward already offered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Police have been actively looking for Wallace since Sunday, Sept. 22, when they believe he tied up and assault a couple in Indian Mound after they walked in on him burglarizing their home. He also allegedly set fire to the home and fled in the couple's car. The female victim, Brenda Smith, did not survive.
The Montgomery County sheriff said evidence and witness statements lead them to believe that Wallace was involved in the shooting death and theft that happened near the intersection of Poplar Springs and Welker roads on Monday morning.
Sheriff John Fuson said the sheriff's office received a 911 call from a juvenile at 9:24 a.m. on Welker Road. The juvenile said he saw someone walking wearing camo and carrying a pistol.
At 9:25 a.m., there was a report of gun shots in the area, and at 9:26 a.m., a witness saw a car leave the area driving the vehicle of the man at the Welker Road address.
Fuson said the F-350 truck was found crashed out at 10:03 a.m. in the area of Cumberland City and Frankie roads. It is believed that Wallace left the area on foot.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said deputies are searching an area south of Cumberland City Road and west of Lylewood Road to Lock C.
Officials said residents in the area should remain alert and immediately call 911 if they spot Wallace or notice any suspicious activity. Residents should also lock their doors and windows, and make sure to remove keys from vehicles and double check they are locked.
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On Tuesday morning, school buses 784 and 1724, which serve Woodlawn Elementary School, New Providence Middle School and Northwest High School will not be running their routes because they are located within the search area.
Bus routes north of the search area will be accompanied by law enforcement.
Woodland and Liberty elementary schools will remain on lockout status. Law enforcement officials will be stationed at both schools.
"Law enforcement is on site at both schools and will remain so the rest of the school day and only people coming into our building are people that can prove to these officers that they have business at the school," said Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools in a call to parents of students at the schools. "All students are safe and are continuing on with their day. Everyone within the building will be staying in the building with no one going outside in order to keep everyone safe."
Stewart County Schools were on a soft lockdown during the search on Monday. No one was allowed into the buildings.
Schools had extra security during school dismissal on Monday. No bus routes ran in the Indian Mound area. Students on those routes were transferred to North Stewart Elementary where parents picked up their children.
Stewart County Sheriff Frankie Gray says neighbors are doing exactly what is needed to stay safe and to help find Wallace.
“We've had so many tips we've had to run down,” said Gray on Sunday. “If he's still in this area, he's going to try to find a way to get out."
Gray says the search area is constantly changing. It has spread out across parts of Stewart County, near the Montgomery County line.
With each passing day, search methods are re-evaluated.
“There may be a point where we have to move this someplace else,” Gray explained. “Right now, we're still actively searching in this area.”
Wallace was arrested and charged in a similar home invasion and assault of a Montgomery County woman in May. In that case, the woman was able to escape and call for help.
Officials with the Stewart County Sheriff's Office said Wallace will be charged with first-degree murder, felony first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, especially aggravated arson, robbery, aggravated kidnapping and especially aggravated burglary.
Gray said Wallace is familiar with the area and knows people nearby. He believes it is only a matter of time before Wallace is found.