Man With Manslaughter Conviction Found With 3 Guns After Fleeing From Shooting Scene At Cross Creek Apartments

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Jermichael Tillery
Jermichael Tillery

A Chattanooga man who was once charged in a killing in which the victim was shot over 10 times is out of prison and has been caught with several weapons following a police chase. One of the weapons that was just behind the driver's seat was an AR-15.

Jermichael Tillery, 26, is facing a host of new charges after the run-in with police on Feb. 9.

Tillery was charged with criminal homicide in 2016 in the murder of 27-year-old Cornelius Douglas at 1419 Carousel Road.

He eventually entered a guilty plea to voluntary manslaughter and got a three-year term. Prosecutors said an eyewitness had changed his story.

At the time of the murder charge, Tillery already had picked up charges of armed robbery, possessing a dangerous weapon, reckless endangerment, theft, evading arrest and drug possession.

Just over a week ago, officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Cross Creek Apartments. As they approached, officers spotted a black, newer model Jeep Wrangler going away from the apartments at a very high rate of speed.

The officers gave chase and the Jeep came to an abrupt stop on Webb Road. They saw a black male with a light complexion, a black top and short twisted dreads. The driver looked at one officer on his left, then looked at the officer on his right, then he took off at a high rate of speed.

Police were told that the vehicle ran through a yard on Arbor Drive and then turned onto the dead end Teakwood Drive, where the Jeep was abandoned. The driver got away on foot.

Police found a fully loaded Bersa 9mm handgun in the driver's seat. The loaded AR-15 was in the back driver's side floorboard near a bag with a box of 9mm ammunition, a box of .357 ammunition and two 7.62x39 rounds.

In the center console police found two small baggies of crack cocaine, pills, a scale and a glass jar that smelled strongly of marijuana. 

In the rear of the vehicle was a backpack that held two gallon-size baggies of marijuana.

Also in the Jeep was a wallet with an Oklahoma ID for Jermichael Tillery. The officers who encountered the vehicle said the driver was Tillery.

The Jeep was found to have been stolen from a female relative of Tillery.

His new charges include drug possession for resale, felony reckless endangerment, evading arrest and auto theft.


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