Police in Tennessee are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot two police officers in a community near Nashville.
ByThe Associated Press
October 22, 2023, 3:14 a.m.
LA VERGNE, Tennessee — Police in Tennessee launched a search Saturday for a suspect suspected of fatally shooting two police officers in a community near Nashville.
Both officers were taken to the hospital and listed in stable condition following the shooting in La Vergne shortly before 2:30 p.m., La Vergne Police Chief Christopher Moews said during a press briefing.
Police identified the suspect as John C. Drake, Jr., 38, who is the son of Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake.
The police chief released a statement Saturday confirming that his son was the suspect in the shooting. Drake said they were separated and that for many years he had minimal contact with his son. The younger Drake is a convicted felon who “has resorted to years of criminal activity,” he said.
“He must now be found and held accountable for his actions today. I hope anyone who sees him or has information about him contacts law enforcement immediately,” Drake said in the statement.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a social media post that a statewide alert had been issued for Drake, who was wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
The shooting happened at a Dollar General store while police were investigating a stolen vehicle. The officers struggled with the suspect, who pulled out a handgun and shot them, Moews said.
One of the officers was shot twice, in the groin and right forearm, and was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The other officer, who was hit in the left rear shoulder, was also taken to Vanderbilt Medical, Moews said.
After the shooting, La Vergne police issued a stay-at-home order for residents of the town located about 20 miles southeast of Nashville.
The shelter order was later lifted while the search for Drake continued, the department said in a social media post.