TBI arrests suspect in Fayetteville murder who was on most wanted list

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced the arrest of one of it's Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

Michael Domonic Sales was arrested Sunday without incident at a residence on Dover Street in Shelbyville. Sales’ capture was a joint effort between TBI Special Agents, the U.S. Marshals Service, officers with the Fayetteville Police Department and deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.

Sales was wanted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Fayetteville Police Department for Homicide in the shooting death of Carlton Capone Caruth in Fayetteville, Tennessee, on September 6.

 Following his arrest, Sales was transported to the Lincoln County Jail and booked.

The Caruth family spoke with WHNT News 19. They are still in mourning for their lost family member, but are glad to hear that his suspected killer is in custody.

Tommy McDonald, Carlton Caruth's uncle, told us, "Lots of emotions at work here but obviously we are relieved to know that a cold-blooded killer has been taken off the streets. I think the entire community and surrounding area can be relieved that a dangerous person has been taken off the streets...  For this family, for my sister, no news is going to be good news in bringing my nephew back but at least we can take some comfort that the process has begun."

Emily Caruth, Carlton Caruth's mother, said, "The fight that we have ahead of us for justice, because I will not rest until my son received justice. It's not going to give me closure, there's no closure. It will comfort me it will comfort me and some measure."

McDonald added, "On behalf of the family, we want to give a special thanks to all the law enforcement officers and investigators that tracked down this awful person and everyone involved who got him to this first step of being brought to justice for his actions. And we also hope that those who harbored him as a fugitive, who aided him on being on the run for so long need to be brought to justice too. This is about accountability. This is about being held responsible for your actions. And now it's time to make that happen and we want to thank the people who made this possible."

The mother of the suspect, Angela Sales, was found dead Monday morning in an apartment in Shelbyville by a neighbor, TBI said. Investigators are in the preliminary stages of the investigation and have not released any further details, but they are covering all angles. No cause of death has been released.

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