A two-year veteran law enforcement officer was ambushed on the evening of May 4 as he responded to what ended up being a “setup call,” according to authorities.
Don Aaron, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD), said that officers responded to the “setup call” reporting an active shooter, which was just an attempt to lure police to the scene at around 6 p.m. The suspect, who told 911 dispatchers that his mother had been shot, opened fire on the officers when they arrived on the scene and knocked on the door.
Fortunately, the only officer injury reported during the incident was not life-threatening. Officer Brian Sherman was shot in the arm by the suspect, and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is expected to be OK.
According to police, the suspect, Salman Mohamed, 22, exited the home armed with a rifle during the incident. Officers attempted to negotiate with the suspect, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after. The MNPD spokesperson confirmed that no officers fired any shots during the altercation.
Fox Nashville reports that Metro Police officers “gathered outside of Vanderbilt University Medical Center on Tuesday night” to support the officer who had been shot and was being treated at the hospital.
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No other injuries were reported, and a motive has not yet been determined. MNPD is investigating the incident, which is complicated by the fact that none of the law enforcement officers responding to the scene had been equipped with body cameras.