Police officer shoots suspect in West End parking garage

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 at 5:03pm
Staff reports

A Metro police officer and the suspect he was attempting to arrest are both receiving treatment at Vanderbilt Medical Center after an encounter in which the suspect hit the officer with his car and the officer then shot the man.

Michael Smith, 52, was attempting to evade Officer Chad Barth in the parking garage of 2525 West End when the officer opened fire, after Smith refused to stop his car and hit him with an open door.

At about 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, the officer tried to arrest Smith, a former Florida state trooper and convicted sex offender who lives in Lafayette, Tenn., on charges of credit card fraud. Smith works for a company called DTI, which contracts for runner services with the law firm Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, located in the 2525 building.

According to police, Smith was believed to have illegally used a firm credit card to pay for airfare, a hotel room and his cell phone bill. Police said Smith visited the Wyatt office today to attempt to smooth things over; Barth caught up to him in the building's parking garage.

Barth suffered abrasions and an unspecified injury to his knee, while police said Smith was shot once in the chest and is in surgery now. He is expected to survive. 

The City Paper will update this story as more information becomes available.

2 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/29/10 at 4:03

Why was one officer sent to make and arrest when they were "tipped" he would be there according to the rag?

Were the rest tied up with traffic stops?

By: GUARDIAN on 4/29/10 at 12:04

Smith, a former Florida state trooper and convicted sex offender. Who was the moron who sent ONE officer on this call.