NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – A Metro Nashville police officer was injured while responding to a reported active shooter at a south Nashville home. But police say it was “staged” and when officers arrived the suspect opened fire on the officers.
Police and fire crews were called to the 7200 block of Sugarloaf Drive over a report from a man claiming his brother shot his mother and the shooting was continuing.
Three officers knocked on the door, but when they started to enter the house, the appellant opened fire, injuring Officer Brian Sherman, according to MNPD spokesman Don Aaron.
The officers withdrew from the house. The shooter, Salman Mohamed, 22, followed them outside. Aaron says the officers tried to negotiate with him, but they failed. Mohamed died when he shot himself in the driveway of the house.
No officer fired their weapons during the incident, according to Aaron.
“We believe the person who called 911 was Mohamed himself. In fact, when calling 911, you can hear him say that he is afraid that shots will continue to be fired. was a ruse to get the police to the scene, ”Aaron said at a press briefing.
Aaron said Mohamed’s mother and his three siblings were at the house, but no one was hurt and no further shots were fired as he initially reported.
“Mohammed’s motives for this have not been determined. Obviously, we will be talking to his family throughout the evening, to try to work out, why he did this,” Aaron said. “Again, no one else in the house was hit. It was a trick or an arrangement to get the police to come to the house, and as soon as the police knocked on the door, the door s ‘opened and they were targeted by Muhammad. “
Constable Sherman was shot in the left arm. During the initial response, medics were able to reach him and transport him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday evening.