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Investigation underway after Metro Police cruiser, tow truck shot (TN)


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Incidents of violence against the police in the wake of the George Floyd killing, are well documented across the country.


Now the question remains, is that sentiment being felt here in Nashville?


On Sunday night, someone shot at a Metro Police car that was on the back of a wrecker. It happened around 11:30 p.m. on Ellington Parkway near Cleveland Street.


Police confirmed that one of their marked Metro Police cruisers broke down and they called West Nashville Wrecker to tow the vehicle.


On the way, the tow truck company owner said a car pulled next to the tow truck and started to shoot several times at the police car on the back of the wrecker.


The first bullet went through a back tire on the cruiser and a second bullet went through the steel frame of the wrecker that was transporting the police car.


The driver was not hit, but said he was shook up as he called 911.


Nobody at the wrecker service wanted to talk on camera. However, the owner told News 2 his driver is now considering quitting his job for fear that his life could be in danger for simply doing his job.


Metro Police said they believe this is an isolated incident and they take it very seriously.


Metro Police Spokesperson Don Aaron said, “We want to think this is an isolated incident. What happened Sunday night is not Nashville! We take it very seriously, any attack on the police department is taken very seriously. The crime gun unit of the specialized investigation division is handling this case. They’ve got some promising leads and we look forward to bringing the person responsible into custody.”


Police said nobody was hurt.


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Every time the media reports something like this, they stimulate the other incidents of urban terrorism. SHAME ON YOU. Your irresponsible reporting only plants the seed of further violence to a copycat mind. I read on the Internet that, Safe Tennessee Project, calls gun violence a "public health crisis" and says an average of 3.4 Tennesseans are killed with guns every day. Just Imagine how many guns are on the streets of Nashville, and then combine that number with the existing civil unrest. I'm hoping this was an isolated incident and I'm glad the tower wasn't hurt.  R.

Randall C. Resch

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We started putting a tarp over polices when traveling any distance as we have had things thrown at then. Things like water bottles, paint, eggs, etc. Luckily to this point they have aimed for the vehicle on the bed and not the trucks cab. Oddly, that we are aware of this has never happened while behind the tow truck. Have you experienced this?

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