Police hold murder suspect on attempted assault charge involving officer

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:54pm
Staff reports
0306 Samuel M. Parham mug.jpg
Samuel Maurice Parham  

Metro police have charged 19-year-old murder suspect Samuel Maurice Parham with attempted aggravated assault after he allegedly ran from police in the moments after a fatal shooting.

Detectives have named Parham as a suspect in the fatal Monday evening shooting of Vincent Antonio Smith, 18, in the James Cayce public housing development.

According to police, East Precinct Officer Nicholas Kulp saw Parham running on South Sixth Street after the shooting and apprehended him shortly after the officer heard gunshots as he worked a traffic stop nearby at 6:35 p.m.

Kulp fired at Parham when the teenager allegedly reached for his waistband during the pursuit. Parham was hit in his upper right arm. According to police, a gun was found where Parham was shot.

Kulp, 26, who graduated from the police academy one year ago, injured his left hand while climbing a fence in pursuit of Parham. He was treated at Centennial Medical Center Monday night and released.

Parham, of 809 S. Sixth St., was released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center early Tuesday after being treated for the gunshot. He was then booked on outstanding aggravated assault and vandalism warrants, though police expected to charge him with the attempted aggravated assault charge Tuesday.

Ballistic testing is being conducted on a 9 mm pistol that Parham allegedly was carrying at the time of his arrest.

Another officer, who was also nearby at the time of the shooting, attended to Smith and called an ambulance. Smith, however, died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kulp is on routine administrative assignment while the homicide detectives investigate his use of force. The motive for Smith’s murder remains under investigation.