Phillip Jordan Stevens (Age: 23) was the male hostage killed Sunday afternoon

Phillip Jordan Stevens, 23, was the male hostage killed Sunday afternoon. Stevens is pictured with his wife, Aileen. Stevens was executed in view of his wife.

TBI released additional information about Dorsey case Sept. 14.

A violent crime spree led to several people being injured and three deaths, including the death of the perpetrator, Dangelo Dorsey, 29. The incident began with a shooting and a carjacking Sunday morning in Coffee County, near Interstate 24’s Exit 97.

Dorsey was then on the run for several hours, with Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation working together to capture the suspect. Coffee County Emergency Medical Services responded.

Dorsey killed two and injured several people. The pursuit ended up with Dorsey taking his own life. 

The incident started Sunday morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m. when a subject, identified as Dorsey, 29, opened fire inside a vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 24 near Beechgrove in Coffee County.

Dorsey shot and killed one person, and shot and injured another in that vehicle.

Dorsey was at large, armed and dangerous, until about 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.

Following the shooting inside of the vehicle on Sunday morning, in which Dorsey shot and killed one person and shot and injured another, Dorsey exited and attempted to carjack a nearby vehicle. 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. 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. At that point, Dorsey 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.

Hostage executed in view of his wife

Shortly before the police pursuit, Dorsey took both hostages to a location in the McMinnville area, separated them, and executed the male hostage, identified as Phillip Jordan Stevens, 23, in view of his wife. He then forced the woman back into a Rav4 and returned to the interstate, ultimately leading to the pursuit and subsequent crash.

The pursuit ended near I-24’s Exit 156, with Dorsey dying by suicide.


TBI Director David Rausch issued a statement regarding the incident.

“At the onset, on behalf of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, I want to extend condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and those injured as a result of today’s set of tragic events,” Rausch said on Sept. 13.

“This is a complex series of details and we have a lot of work ahead of us to connect all the dots. But, here’s what we can offer tonight.”

The incident started Sunday morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m. when a subject, identified as Dorsey, 29, opened fire inside a vehicle traveling westbound on Interstate 24 near Beechgrove in Coffee County, said Rausch.

Dorsey shot and killed one person, and shot and injured another in that vehicle.

“Immediately following, traffic in the area stopped, and Dorsey attempted to carjack a nearby driver and, in the process, fired into her vehicle, striking her in the hand. A truck driver in that same immediate area also sustained a gunshot wound to the face,” Rausch said.

“From there, Dorsey carjacked a Ford Mustang, and ordered the two people inside – a man and a woman – to drive him to their home in Morrison. When they arrived, it appears Dorsey took two additional firearms from the home, swapped vehicles to a blue Toyota Rav4, and forced the man and woman to accompany him.”

The situation escalated in the coming hours, said Rausch.

“At some point, and we’re still working to determine specifics, Dorsey shot and killed the male hostage and forced his body from the vehicle. Authorities later recovered him along Interstate 24 westbound near Exit 111-B.

“Law enforcement from multiple local and state agencies worked tirelessly through the afternoon, using a variety of techniques, and, shortly after 3:30 p.m. CST located the vehicle traveling eastbound on I-24. A brief chase ensued, reaching speeds of approximately 100 miles an hour and at approximately 3:45 p.m. resulted in a crash, where Dorsey flipped the Rav4.”

At that point, Dorsey took his own life. The female hostage was safely recovered.

“TBI Agents continue to investigate several aspects of this incident, to include the original shootings, the carjackings, the shooting death of the male hostage, and Dorsey’s ultimate suicide. In turn, we will submit investigative findings to the District Attorneys General who’ve requested our involvement for their review,” Rausch said.

“Tonight (Sept. 13) we continue to gather relevant information, evidence, and interviews. This will be a long and complex investigation, but that’s what we do as an agency. Our team will continue to work with our partners to determine, as best we can, the facts of these events. To that end, if anyone in the public has information, pictures, video, or details that might help our case, we’d appreciate a phone call. You can reach us at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

“Again, on behalf of the Bureau and our law enforcement partners, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the innocent lives that have been impacted by today’s set of events. We also want to thank drivers on I-24 for their patience. We know today’s work by law enforcement resulted in chaos, delays and inconvenience, but we must work diligently, with a focus on detail, to pursue justice in the memory and honor of those who were directly impacted by this series of crimes.”

According to the TBI, Dorsey has no adult arrest record in Tennessee. He does have an extensive criminal record in that state. He was not, however, wanted by law enforcement on any outstanding warrants at the time of Sunday’s incident.

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