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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office investigating I-24 homicide


The Rutherford County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide that happened Sunday morning on I-24 near Smyrna. 

The body of Jackie Graham Warpoole Jr., 47, of Smyrna, was found inside a car at about 6:30 a.m. on Sunday near the Almaville Road exit. He had suffered a gunshot wound. 

According to Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, the man was found by a motorist who had stopped to check on the parked car, a silver Dodge Magnum. Arnold said Warpoole was headed westbound on I-24 and had pulled over to the right shoulder, just before the Almaville Road exit. Arnold also said Warpoole may have driven three or four miles to get to the exit where he pulled over and died. 

Rutherford County sheriff's deputies, troopers with the Tennessee High Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Transportation's Special Investigations bureau assisted in processing the crime scene.

Arnold says there are no suspects or motives at this time.

Some of Warpoole's friends in the motocross community posted their condolences on social media. Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold also expressed their condolences during a press conference Sunday afternoon. The Dodge Magnum was taken to the TBI's crime lab to be processed.

Anyone with information or who saw something unusual around the car or interstate is asked to leave a message with Detective Jamin Humphress at 615-904-3054.

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