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TBI Most Wanted fugitive found in Warren County

A McMinnville area man who was indicted in the Sept. 4, 2020 shooting death of a Cumberland County man, and was added to the TBI Most Wanted list last week, was captured Monday night in Warren County.

According to TBI communications representative Susan Niland, John Michael Poss was captured Monday night in Warren County and is now in custody. No other information about the capture of Poss is available at this time.

Poss, 33, was charged in a sealed indictment handed down last week with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Austin Shane Paul Lewis, 30. 

The body of Lewis, 30, was discovered inside a mobile home lying on the kitchen floor not far from an open front door by Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies who had been dispatched to Lewis’ home on a requested welfare check.


That welfare check was requested by a woman identified as the victim’s girlfriend and was made on Sept. 3. Deputies traveled to the residence, located in western Cumberland County not far from the Putnam County line, around 7:35 p.m.


The Crossville Chronicle reports deputies found Lewis, who had been dead for an unknown amount of time, dead from a shotgun blast to the chest. A shotgun was recovered from the scene, lying on a sofa not far from the body.


Lewis was a student and worked part time at various jobs.


The TBI, District Attorney’s Office and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office conducted an intensive investigation, questioning over a dozen persons, spending hundreds of hours on the case, and identifying the suspect.


A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.


Call 1-800-TBI-FIND, or the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 931-484-6176.