SMYRNA, Tenn. -- A man has been arrested in connection with the December 2013 shooting that injured one person outside of Deerfield Inn just days before Christmas.
Jeremy L. Rivers, 26, was arrested and charged Friday with one count of especially aggravated robbery in connection with the case, according to Smyrna officials.
He is accused of shooting 20-year-old Smyrna resident Pierre Burns during the incident, which occurred at about 11 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2013, on Courier Place.
Rivers is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro. He is set to appear Monday, Jan. 6, in Smyrna General Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing in the case.
Officials have confirmed Rivers is not the only suspect they believe was involved in the shooting and more arrests are likely to follow. However, additional details concerning a possible motive for the shooting have not yet been released to the public.
“(Detectives) are still in the process of investigating this felony and are hopeful that more individuals will be charged very soon,” said Kevin Arnold, chief of the Smyrna Police Department.
Arnold said officers did not learn about the shooting until they responded to a crash on Interstate 24, according to Smyrna authorities.
Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Sam Ridley Parkway and I-24, Arnold said.
“After officers had responded to the scene, it was found that one of the occupants of the vehicle had been the victim of a shooting,” Arnold said. “According to the victim and a witness, they were sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of Deerfield Inn when the shooting occurred.”
The crash happened a few minutes later while a friend was rushing Burns to StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna for treatment, he said.
Following the crash, Burns was sent to Vanderbilt University Medical Center instead and treated for his injuries. He has since been released from the hospital and is expected to survive, according to officials.