Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake’s estranged son, John C. Drake Jr., is suspected of a grave crime – shooting two police officers outside a Dollar General store on a fateful Saturday afternoon.
The Manhunt Begins
In the aftermath of the shooting, a manhunt is underway for the 38-year-old John C. Drake Jr., who is considered armed and dangerous according to the La Vergne Police Department.
Chief’s Urgent Plea
Chief John Drake emphasized the situation’s urgency, asserting that his son “needs to be found and held accountable.”
The Incident Details
The shooting occurred at 2:23 p.m. in La Vergne, Tennessee, while officers investigated a possible stolen vehicle report. The situation escalated outside a Dollar General store, resulting in a physical confrontation with the suspect.
A Tragic Turn of Events
During the confrontation, the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot two officers, Ashley Boleyjack and Gregory Kern, leaving one with a shoulder injury and the other with a groin injury.
Both injured officers were promptly taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where they are now in stable condition.
Community on Edge
In the wake of the shooting, the La Vergne Police Department advised residents to shelter in place until midnight on that Saturday.
A Statewide Alert
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a statewide Blue Alert for John C. Drake Jr., citing two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
A Troubled Past
Drake Jr. seems to have an extensive criminal record, with nearly 60 criminal charges in Davidson County since 2005, including convictions for aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, rape, sex offender registration violations, and felony strangulation.
Chief Drake’s Statement
Chief John Drake expressed his shock and sorrow, mentioning that he had minimal contact with his estranged son over many years.
He further highlighted the need for accountability and requested anyone with information to contact law enforcement immediately.
Support from Nashville Mayor
Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell extended his support for Chief Drake and emphasized that family members’ choices are beyond one’s control.
He stood by Chief Drake during this difficult time, offering condolences to the wounded LaVergne police officers.
Tragic Past Incidents
This incident comes after Chief Drake made headlines for advocating gun control following a tragic event in which a transgender LGBT activist took the lives of three children and three staff members at a Christian elementary school in Nashville.
The Community’s Response
The community and law enforcement agencies are collaborating in their efforts to bring John C. Drake Jr. to justice.
The Search Continues
As the manhunt continues, residents are urged to remain vigilant and report any sightings or information that may aid in his capture.
A Shared Grief
Despite the difficulties and challenges, Chief John Drake, the Nashville community, and law enforcement are united in their shared grief and determination to ensure justice is served.
A Time of Reflection
This incident is a mere glimpse of the complex nature of family relationships and the far-reaching consequences of individual actions, prompting a broader conversation about the role of family and community support in preventing such tragic incidents.
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