RIPLEY – An ongoing investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Ripley Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force has resulted in a second arrest in connection with a 2019 double shooting in Ripley.
On April 21, 2019, at the request of 25th District Attorney General Mark Davidson, TBI Agents joined the Ripley Police Department in investigating a shooting that occurred at a home in the 100 block of Church Street. A visitor of the home, William Black (DOB: 10/27/89), died as a result of his injuries. Another visitor was critically wounded. During the course of the investigation, Agents identified Terry Johnson (DOB: 4/23/80) as the individual responsible for the shootings. After further investigation, it was determined that Antonio Gause (DOB: 11/4/83) was part of the robbery that led to the murder of Black.
On Monday, Gause was indicted by the Lauderdale County Grand Jury on charges of First Degree Felony Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, and Accessory After the Fact. That same day, he was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Task Force and booked into the Lauderdale County Jail. His bond is set at $500,000.
The Lauderdale County Grand Jury also returned indictments for Johnson on counts of First Degree Felony Murder, First Degree Premediated Murder, Especially Aggravated Robbery, Felony Possession of a Firearm, Attempted First Degree Murder, and Tampering with a Tracking Device, as well as two counts of Employing a Firearm during the Commission of a Dangerous Felony. Johnson has remained incarcerated since turning himself into authorities on April 22, 2019.