Police shoot suspect who pointed fake gun at officers

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 5:11am
Staff reports

Williamson County law enforcement agencies are investigating an overnight shooting in which police shot an armed robbery suspect, Franklin officials said.

Officers were in pursuit of a man who had allegedly robbed the Kroger pharmacy at 595 Hillsboro Road at gunpoint when the suspect crashed his motorcycle near the intersection of Hillsboro Road and Fulton Greer Lane just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspect got up and pointed a gun at Franklin Police and Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies who then shot the suspect, police said.

The suspect, described only as a 27-year-old white male, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was in surgery early this morning. His condition is not known.

The gun pointed at officers, along with one discovered in the Kroger parking lot, was later determined to be fake. They were both the Airsoft brand of highly detailed firearm replicas designed for recreational use.

As a matter of protocol, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was requested to investigate the shooting.

12 Comments on this post:

By: frank brown on 10/21/09 at 4:17

For an unknown percentage of police officers this is a dream situation.

By: junglejim on 10/21/09 at 5:28

the deputies need to go back to the firing range and practice some more....bad shots.......better luck next time......dummy robber

By: idgaf on 10/21/09 at 5:50

Two fake guns?????????????????????????????

Hope the guy lives this should be interesting.

By: pandabear on 10/21/09 at 5:54

On the news they said only one shot was fired.

...I assume it wasn't from the airsoft gun...:)

By: TITAN1 on 10/21/09 at 7:13

When something is pointed at a police officer, is that officer suppose to ask if it is a real gun? I don't think so. idgaf, I may have misunderstood your post.

By: localboy on 10/21/09 at 7:46

it's called thinning the herd...

By: sidneyames on 10/21/09 at 8:07

Well, a gun is a gun is a gun! Fake or otherwise, it's the perceived threat. And if it's an authentic repllica, how would one know? I'm on the side of the law. He was robbing someone with what they believed was a gun.

During a census survey I had a gun pulled on me; the guy got charged and we went to court; his atty argued it could have been a toy gun and the judge shut him down; it was a real gun; he was less than 4 feet from me.

So real or fake, a gun is a gun and a gun is a threat.

By: Lacey A. Patterson on 10/21/09 at 8:31

If he was after pain medicine at Kroger, he'll get plenty of it now.

By: blktenn on 10/21/09 at 9:49

Shot him like he was a black man!!!!

By: blktenn on 10/21/09 at 9:50

Shot him like he was a black man!!!!

By: sidneyames on 10/21/09 at 9:58

What does that mean blktenn? How about "shot him like he was a threat regardless of race"?

The guy who got prosecuted for pointing a gun at me was white. It makes no difference what the race of the offender is Bullets are steel; guns are steel and blood flows red. It's about the crime and the offender. If the offender is black, then that's his problem. If he's white, then it's still his problem.

why'd you throw race into the mix?

By: jps13pat on 10/21/09 at 11:49

You'll have to excuse blktenn. He thinks he's Martin Luther King Jr., and he thinks that we still live in the 70's.

Those of us that have been posting for a while know to simply ignore his racist posts.