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Published: May 23, 2020


THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION, AND THE METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, ARE INVESTIGATING THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING AN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING THAT OCCURRED ON INTERSTATE 440 THURSDAY NIGHT. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION INDICATES THE INCIDENT IS CONNECTED TO A NEARBY SHOOTING, IN WHICH A NASHVILLE POLICE OFFICER WAS SHOT, NEAR HIS HOME, WHILE OFF-DUTY. AFTER THE OFF-DUTY OFFICER WAS ABLE TO NOTIFY AUTHORITIES, ADDITIONAL OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO LOCATE THE SUSPECT, IDENTIFIED AS WILLIAM JOHNSON, JR., 48, NEARBY AND A CHASE ENSUED AT WHICH TIME JOHNSON REPORTEDLY FIRED SEVERAL TIMES AT RESPONDING OFFICERS. THE DEPARTMENT DEPLOYED SPIKE STRIPS FURTHER DOWN THE INTERSTATE, WHICH SUBSEQUENTLY BROUGHT THE CAR TO A STOP. THE SITUATION ESCALATED FURTHER AND RESULTED IN AT LEAST THREE OFFICERS FIRING THEIR SERVICE WEAPONS, STRIKING AND KILLING JOHNSON. NO OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WERE INJURED IN THIS INCIDENT. TBI AGENTS AND FORENSIC SCIENTISTS CONTINUE TO GATHER RELEVANT INFORMATION, EVIDENCE, AND INTERVIEWS RELATED TO THIS ONGOING INVESTIGATION.