Officer fatally shoots suspect during chase

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 6:14pm
Staff reports
Officer Marty Reed returned fire when Daryl Quintin Shannon allegedly pointed a gun at him during a chase.

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.


16 Comments on this post:

By: nature on 9/22/09 at 10:20

Another punk on probation! He learned his lesson the hard way. Let's learn our lesson and demand that punks are kept in prison. Stand for your rights! Fight for tougher sentencing.

By: wilks0210 on 9/23/09 at 2:56

BRAVO Officer Reed

Its about time that LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS enforce the law, because God himself knows that the JUDGES won't do it. Thank you to whoever hired Officer Reed. Keep up to Great work Officer Reed.

By: oldman101 on 9/23/09 at 5:45

50 offenses since 2000,,,, the idiot that let this scum on the street in the first place should be put in jail. What happened to the habitual criminal law???

By: Kosh III on 9/23/09 at 6:29

Keeping these monsters locked up as they deserve is very costly. Taxes might rise. We know the one thing more hated is taxes.
Pay up or shut up.
Personally, I have no problem paying my fair share of taxes provided it is used for legitimate purposes like enforcing the law and putting away criminals. Legitimate does not include 3 trillion dollar wars designed to expand the Empire and the mega corporations.

By: fstop101 on 9/23/09 at 6:58

Officer Reed,Thank you for your service!!
Let's find out who the idiot responsible for this scum bag being on the street and have him or her serve out the rest of his sentence (10 years)
I would love to hear the reason that a man sentenced to 10 years in 2007 is walking the streets of Nashville in 2009.
Fifty offenses between 2000 and 2009?!?!?!?
Any one can have a bad day at any time, but 50 bad days?!?!?!?!
Accountability is the word that comes to mind.
Some idiot somewhere is responsible!!!
Officer Reed, OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

By: Nash19 on 9/23/09 at 7:09

How about an entire island used as a prison and drop them off there? It has been done and it could be done again. Also, I have always believed nothing will change in locking these scum bags up for their entire sentence until a loved one of a judge/politician (or the judge/politician him/herself) who is against locking the dirt bags up is wrongfully shot down or murdered. So sad.
Now the officier will be scolded for not talking to this guy to get to know his feelings and then hugging him. I am sure we'll see a march of people wearing air brushed tee shirts of this dirt bag claiming he was misunderstood.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/23/09 at 7:40

You can go here:

It will show which judges were over each case.

Good job, Officer Reed! I'm happy that you were not injured.

By: frank brown on 9/23/09 at 7:52

I normally am skeptical of any police action of this type. In this case I urge that a bonus be given to the officer who shot and killed this scumbag.

By: Alphadog7 on 9/23/09 at 8:51

Now, I am not that great at math, but isn't 2009 is only 2 years after 2007, not 10? So does a 10 year sentence for a habitual offender really mean 1.5 years?

By: TITAN1 on 9/23/09 at 8:53

Great job, officer Reed!

By: govskeptic on 9/23/09 at 9:19

Like the joke about the lawyer eaten by shark. "One down
thousands to go".

By: global_citizen on 9/23/09 at 9:30

Sentencing and parole is an absolute joke and an insult to civilized society if a guy sentenced to 10 years in prison is out and free in two years. That is nonsense. Someone (hello City Paper?) heads need to look into the specifics of his parole and answer this question. Some heads need to roll.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/23/09 at 9:45

By: global_citizen on 9/23/09 at 10:30
Sentencing and parole is an absolute joke and an insult to civilized society if a guy sentenced to 10 years in prison is out and free in two years.

Absolutely! I totally agree. And when a person is sentenced "day for day" they STILL only serve about 30% of their sentence. Unbelievable. It is an insult to the cops who work so hard to keep our neighborhoods safe.

By: pandabear on 9/23/09 at 12:35

Officer Reed:

Fantastic job !

Thank you for shooting straight and at the proper time.
I'll bet your action saved the life of someone else this
scumbag would have victimized.

I'm glad this had a happy ending and that you are ok
and the scumbag is gone.

By: pandabear on 9/23/09 at 12:42

I clicked on 4-5 of those cases and non of them show the judge's name

By: Blanketnazi2 on 9/23/09 at 1:13

panda, i noticed that after i posted it. most of the time it does. it's interesting to see detailed history when you read an article like this. it's amazing how many dismissals and reduced charges there are out there and how sometimes a person can be convicted many times and never end up where they should be.