Tennessee Man Executed in Front of Pregnant Wife After Couple Taken Hostage

A pregnant woman kidnapped by a gunman was forced to watch as her husband was executed during a terrifying murder spree in Tennessee.

Jordan Stevens and his four-month pregnant wife, Aileen, were travelling along I-24 in their Ford Mustang when they were carjacked by 29-year-old Dangelo Dorsey who ran up to them brandishing a gun and took them hostage.

Unknown to the couple at the time, Dorsey had already shot and killed one person and opened fire on other drivers when he targeted them on Sunday morning.

According to local media, police said Dorsey ordered them to drive to their home in Morrison, Tennessee where they switched vehicles and Stevens was shot in front of his terrified wife and his body dumped having rejoined the I-24 in Coffee County.

Dorsey then took Aileen Stevens on a high speed car ride leading to a police chase reaching 100 miles per hour.

Dorsey ended up crashing the car which rolled over multiple times near marker 156 in Grundy County, reported Fox17.

The media outlet said Dorsey shot and killed himself at the scene while the pregnant woman was rescued and taken to hospital where the baby was found to be unhurt and she is expected to make a full recovery.

According to local reports, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) said Dorsey began his rampage earlier in the day when he struck at around 9.30 a.m. on the I-24 in Coffee County, shooting and killing 28-year-old Darcey Johnson as he sat in his car, injuring another passenger.

In an attempt to flee the shooting, TBI said Dorsey tried to carjack another woman driver but when he could not get into her vehicle, he began shooting. Bullets hit a woman in the hand and a truck driver in the face. It is understood neither was seriously injured.

Dorsey then went on to carjack Jordan and Aileen Stevens, who were travelling along the road on their way to church.

Speaking to a NewsChannel9 reporter, Stevens' mother, Michelle Stevens, said her son had begged Dorsey not to hurt his wife and unborn baby and to take him instead.

She told the TV station: "I want everyone to know Jordan died a hero."

Police said at this stage they do not know why Dorsey began his killing spree or why he was travelling along I-24 and whether he knew the first victim he killed. The investigation is ongoing.

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File picture of crime scene tape. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is negotiating a number of crime scenes following the shooting spree. Scott Olson/Getty