The convicted felon and fugitive shot Tuesday afternoon in East Nashville after pulling a gun on a Metro Police officer has died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Police say Daryl Quintin Shannon, 27, of Smyrna, pointed a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol at Officer Marty Reed as he ran from the officer into a field that separates East Trinity Lane and Prince Avenue.
Reed, a four-year police veteran who was in uniform and driving a marked patrol car, spotted a man who matched the general description of a suspect wanted for a Sept. 15 homicide. He attempted to approach the man outside a convenience store at East Trinity Lane and Meridian Street about 2:20 p.m., according to police.
The suspect fled on foot. While running, he pointed a pistol at Reed, causing the officer to fire on Shannon in self-defense. Shannon, although he was hit in the shoulder, continued to flee on Prince Avenue.
Shannon jumped in a Waste Management truck that was in the area and demanded the workers drive him to the hospital, police said.
The workers jumped from the truck, but Shannon got behind the wheel and drove a short distance, police said. The emergency brake set by one of the workers hampered his travel.
When the truck came to a stop, Shannon was taken into custody by officers. He was transported to Vanderbilt and died during surgery.
Police recovered the weapon from the scene. It had one live round in the chamber and five in the clip.
Shannon was convicted of attempted second-degree murder in 2007 and received a 10-year sentence. He was convicted of selling cocaine in 2004 and received a three-year sentence. He was also convicted of unlawful gun possession in 2004 and received a one-year sentence. Shannon’s arrest history reflects 50 offenses between April 2000 and April 2009.
At the time of today’s encounter with Officer Reed, Shannon was wanted for a felony probation violation, domestic assault, evading arrest, and failure to appear in court.
Officer Reed, 41, has been placed on routine administrative assignment while the shooting investigation continues.