Anton Rucker Waives Extradition, Will Return to Nashville

Murder suspect Anton Rucker waived extradition in Kentucky and will be returned to Nashville.

Accused murderer Anton Rucker, presently jailed in Kentucky as a fugitive from Nashville, waived extradition this afternoon and will be returned here in the near future.

Rucker, 46, is named in a criminal homicide arrest warrant charging him with Sunday afternoon’s fatal shooting of Allen Beachem, 33, inside Roasted restaurant on Garfield Street. Additional charges against Rucker for the non-critical wounding of six additional persons in the restaurant are expected as the criminal homicide case advances.

The men and women of the MNPD, including detectives assigned to the TITANS (The Investigative Team Addressing Neighborhood Shootings) Unit, have been working to locate Rucker since Sunday evening. On Tuesday, TITANS detectives developed information strongly indicating that Rucker was at a residence in Princeton, Kentucky (Caldwell County). Detectives traveled to Kentucky and began working with a combination of law enforcement agencies that included the Pennyrile (Kentucky) Narcotics Task Force, Princeton Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, ATF and TBI. That collaboration resulted in Rucker being placed into custody by Marshal’s Task Force members as he came out of a residence in Princeton as ordered on Tuesday night.

Rucker has an extensive history with the criminal justice system. He is an ex-con who has aggravated assault convictions out of Davidson County. He was arrested last August in Rutherford County on charges of aggravated assault and unlawful gun possession by a convicted felon. He was also arrested in Rutherford County last Halloween on felony drug charges. He had been released on bond in relation to those cases.

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