Nashville police chief’s estranged son was found dead Tuesday night
He was recently identified as a suspect in the shooting of two police officers outside a Dollar General store in La Vergne, Tenn.
John Drake Jr. died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Nashville
John Drake Jr., the estranged son of the Nashville police chief and the suspect in the shooting of two police officers outside a Dollar General store in La Vergne, Tennessee, has been found dead, authorities announced Tuesday evening.
It was John Drake Jr., he was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the shed.
This video is from Villa. He runs to the alley shared between 15th Ave S and Villa. pic.twitter.com/9B1IWBwt76
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Who was John Drake Jr.?
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reports that John Drake Jr. appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Nashville.
The incident began when police officers in La Vergne, about 20 miles southeast of Nashville, were investigating a stolen vehicle. According to police, John Drake Jr. opened fire on two police officers, wounding one in the shoulder and the other in the groin and forearm, before fleeing the scene. They came face to face with. That search, which was posted after authorities searched for Mr. Drake, was later removed on Saturday night.
On Saturday, Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake released a statement identifying the suspect in the shooting as his son. He acknowledged that he had very limited contact with his son over the years and expressed frustration over John Drake Jr.’s criminal activities and status as a convicted felon. Chief Drake emphasized that his son must be identified and held accountable for his actions.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had issued a warrant for John Drake Jr.’s arrest on two counts of attempted first-degree murder and offered a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to his capture.
Injured officers Ashley Boleyjack and Gregory Kern were recovering at home after receiving treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Chief Christopher Moews of the La Vergne Police Department relayed this information in a Facebook video, adding that the La Vergne community can now breathe a sigh of relief as the manhunt for John Drake Jr. is over.