Nashville Police Chief Initiates Manhunt for His Son
Nashville’s police chief has issued a manhunt for his own son, John C. Drake Jr., after two police officers were shot outside a Dollar General store. The incident took place on Stones River Road in La Vergne, Tennessee, around 2:20 pm on a Saturday.
Shock and Sorrow from Police Chief
The most senior officer of the Nashville Metro police, John Drake, expressed his shock and deep sadness upon learning that his son is believed to be responsible for the near-fatal shootings.
The two officers involved, identified as Ashely Boleyjack and Gregory Kern, are reported to be in stable condition.
The Incident Unfolds
The events leading to the shooting began when the officers pursued a suspected stolen vehicle outside the Dollar General store.
When they confronted John C. Drake Jr., a struggle ensued, during which he allegedly produced a handgun and shot them. This information was provided by LaVergne Police Chief Christopher Moews.
Injured Officers’ Conditions
Officer Kern sustained gunshot wounds to his right groin and right forearm and is currently being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Officer Boleyjack suffered a bullet wound to her left shoulder but was discharged on the same day.
Police Chief’s Urgent Plea
Nashville Police Chief John Drake urgently called for his son’s apprehension and accountability for his actions.
He emphasized that he had limited contact with his estranged son over many years. John Drake Jr., who is 38 years old, has a criminal history and is a convicted felon.
Statewide Alert and Multifaceted Search The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide alert for the suspect, John Drake Jr., who faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Approximately a dozen law enforcement agencies are actively involved in the search.
Shelter-in-Place Order Issued
After the shooting, the La Vergne police department issued a shelter-in-place order for city residents. While the shelter order was later lifted, the search for John Drake Jr. continued.
Mayor Offers Support to Police Chief
Mayor Freddie O’Connell expressed his sympathy and support for Chief Drake, his family, and the wounded LaVergne police officers. He acknowledged that family members’ choices are beyond their control and extended his support to Chief Drake during this challenging time.