Coordinated work between the MNPD, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office led to today’s apprehension of accused murderer Kevin Tidwell after he crashed while being pursued on I-65 north near the Concord Road interchange.
Tidwell, 23, is accused in last Saturday’s shooting death of Jesus Alberto Flores, 24, on Antioch Pike at McCall Street. He was reported to have engaged in an argument with Flores at a Richards Road convenience market. Surveillance video shows that after the Nissan Maxima Flores was riding in pulled away from the market, a Ford pickup truck fell in behind it. Tidwell is alleged to have fired shots from the pickup truck as it passed the Maxima. Flores was fatally wounded.
Given the violence for which Tidwell is accused, the MNPD and its partners made his arrest a priority. A member of the Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force spotted Tidwell in a Honda sedan at 8:45 a.m. on Bakertown Road in Antioch. Tidwell drove erratically throughout Nashville for more than an hour in an effort to elude law enforcement.
Tidwell wound up in the Cool Springs area of Williamson County where he was spotted by deputies from the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office. They pursued Tidwell north on I-65. Members of the Marshal’s Task Force were also in the area. Tidwell rammed a Marshal’s vehicle that was traveling in front of him before he crashed. Tidwell was armed with a pistol.
Tidwell was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be checked out for any injuries from the crash. He has since been discharged and is now in the custody of South Precinct detectives.