Police in La Vergne, Tennessee, were searching for a suspect Saturday afternoon after two officers were shot outside a Dollar General while investigating a stolen vehicle, the La Vergne police chief said. Chris Moews, during a press conference.
“During this investigation, they had contact with a subject. They struggled with that subject and that suspect pulled out a handgun and fired shots,” Moews said.
He said one of the officers, a nearly three-year veteran of the force, was shot in the left rear shoulder and the other officer, who had been with the department for a year and a half, had been shot. to the right groin and right forearm. Both are listed in stable condition.
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The suspect was identified as 38-year-old John C. Drake.
Moews described him as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a muscular build, facial hair and dreadlocks. He wore a black t-shirt with a white hockey mask emblem on the front with red lettering and gray pants.
He was last seen heading north on Stones River Road.
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A shelter was in place for the area at 5:30 p.m. local time. “Avoid the area and report anything suspicious,” police said on Facebook.