Cookeville police responding Wednesday to a report of a stabbing on Foundation Drive found two victims suffering from stab wounds.
Officers and Putnam County EMS personnel began lifesaving measures on the more-seriously wounded of the two. Both victims were transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where 22-year-old Kelsea Alexis Lamb was pronounced dead. The other victim, a 28-year-old woman – was treated and released.
Cookeville police detectives’ investigation determined that 38-year-old Andrew Ray Price had gotten into an argument with Lamb, during which he assaulted and stabbed her. When the other woman tried to intervene, Price stabbed her, then fled the scene in Lamb’s car.
Just before 6 yesterday morning, Livingston police spotted the suspect 2012 Infiniti Q25. Attempts to stop him failed and a pursuit ensued.
Officers followed Price to Algood on Highway 111 near Quinland Lake Road, where they employed a maneuver that caused the vehicle to spin to a stop, thus ending the pursuit.
Price was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, felony theft and violation of bond conditions stemming from a prior domestic incident with Lamb. He’s being held in the Putnam County jail on $550,000 bond.
The Cookeville Police Department issued a statement thanking these collaborating agencies: the District Attorney’s Office, Putnam, Overton and Clay County Sheriff’s departments, the Baxter, Algood and Livingston Police departments, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.