THP: Burglary suspect shot self when troopers arrived

Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:34am

A burglary suspect is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after state troopers responded to a reported west Nashville break-in.

A neighbor in the River Road Pike area alerted two Tennessee Highway Patrol officers, who were working a road construction project just before 8 a.m. Monday, of a possible home burglary near River Road Pike and Cub Creek Road.

When state trooper Charlie Caplinger — an eight-year veteran with the state police — responded to the scene, he got out of his car and heard a gunshot, according to Mike Browning, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Caplinger returned fire, but after trooper Michael Parker — a four-year veteran — responded for backup, the suspect was found dead behind some bushes with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Metro Nashville Police Department is heading the investigation into the burglary and the shooting. Members of the Highway Patrol are investigating the troopers’ response to the incident, which is common for officer-involved shootings.

Neighbors reported hearing breaking glass coming from the home where the suspect was found.

Traffic was being diverted around River Road while the police investigation continues.


7 Comments on this post:

By: TharonChandler on 8/23/10 at 9:58

No previous generation has allowed the police to assasinate suspects.

By: gohomenow on 8/23/10 at 10:21

All previous generations have allowed Police to defend themselves and shoot those stupid enough to threaten them though

By: concretemike on 8/23/10 at 10:43

No previous generation has allowed the police to assasinate suspects.

Who cares about previous generations of criminals. Today's crooks don't stop or follow directions when ordered to by the police. Instead they run, fight or argue and think it is some kind of game. When an officer of the law tells you to do something you do it or you pay the consequences. If you were breaking into somewhere that you had no business being and you didn't follow the officers command to come out with your hands up or freeze........Thanks for saving my tax dollars on a trial, taxpayer lawyer and possibly a jail or prison cell. Shoot more maybe then they will learn some respect! It seems to work in the hood........

By: gohomenow on 8/23/10 at 10:57

Well said, Mike !

By: Cookie47 on 8/23/10 at 11:06

Well said, Mike! One less criminal puke for the rest of us to deal with.

By: AmyLiorate on 8/23/10 at 11:08

Tharon, I believe you are very misinformed.

The story that I read says "self-inflicted gunshot wound".

The trooper "responded to the scene, he got out of his car and heard a gunshot"

Police used to be able to shoot at suspects who were fleeing. That ended in the 1980's if I recall correctly.

By: Cookie47 on 8/24/10 at 8:09


When an officer has no alternative but to shoot a suspect, I feel for the officer because he or she has had to take the life of another human being because of the criminal's foolish, stupid actions.

When the criminal is killed in the commission of a crime, it's their own damn fault and we should not feel anything but contempt for that individual. Goodbye! Good Riddance! Be Gone! That person has gone on to their just desserts and we don't have to spend one thin dime to house, feed, and cloth them. Sounds like a good deal to me.