Grand jury indicts man shot by police

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 7:31pm

A grand jury last week indicted a man shot by a police officer after the suspect allegedly stabbed another officer who was investigating a domestic dispute call.

According to police, Officer Michael Hunnicutt shot Pedro Valencia Barragan, 31, as he resisted arrest, pulled a knife and stabbed Officer John Timm. The two officers had stopped Barragan’s car March 11 after the suspect’s girlfriend called police.

A Davidson County grand jury indicted Barragan on four counts, including two for attempted second-degree murder and two for aggravated assault of an officer with a deadly weapon.

When officers stopped Barragan’s vehicle in Antioch, he had his girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter in the car with him, police said. A struggle ensued after police asked Barragan to get in the back of a police car for questioning.

During the struggle, Hunnicutt said he saw blood on Timm, who yelled out that the suspect had a knife, according to a police statement. When Barragan didn’t comply with the officers’ commands, Hunnicutt fired one shot in self-defense at Barragan, hitting him in the abdomen.

Timm suffered cuts to his face and neck as well as a puncture wound in his lower back. He was treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center later that night.

Barragan was also treated at Vanderbilt. He was booked on attempted murder charges upon his release from the hospital several days later.

He remains in jail awaiting trial.