NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – John Drake Jr., the man wanted for shooting two La Vergne police officers Saturday, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
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Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said that shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Drake Jr. approached some people at a home on Antioch Pike and demanded their gold Chrysler 200 at gunpoint. Drake Jr. then got in the car and drove off.
A short time later, Metro police officers spotted the Chrysler near the intersection of Thompson Lane and Patricia Drive and initiated a chase. The chase eventually crossed into the Edgehill area toward 15th Avenue South, where the Chrysler crashed. Duck. Jr then got out of the car and ran to a shed behind a house in the 1400 block of 15th Avenue South, according to investigators.
The TBI said Authorities responded to the scene and heard a muffled gunshot from the shed. When officers approached to investigate, they found Drake Jr. dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Drake Jr., son of Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, He reportedly shot two La Vergne police officers near the Dollar General store in the 600 block of Stones River Road shortly before 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. when officers were sent to investigate a stolen vehicle flagged by the city’s license plate reader software.
A fight then ensued, resulting in Drake Jr. reportedly pulling out a gun and shooting at the officers.
A check from Drake. Jr.’s criminal record revealed a long criminal history; Meanwhile, Chief Drake, said in a statement that he and his son had been separated for years, saying in part, “I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn that my estranged son, with whom I have had minimal contact for many years, is the suspect in [Saturday] shooting this afternoon against the two La Vergne police officers. “My thoughts and prayers are with the two officers, who, as I understand, are now in stable condition at Vanderbilt.”
The Monday in the afternoon, News 2 spoke with Valeria East, Drake. Jr.’s mother, who urged him to turn himself in..
The TBI continues its investigation into the death of Drake Jr. at the request of District Attorney General Glenn Funk.
La Vergne Police Chief Christopher Moews issued the following statement Tuesday night:
“The La Vergne community and our heroic officers can rest easy tonight knowing that the search for John Drake Jr. is over. We want to thank all of the officers who participated in tonight’s chase for their steadfastness and dedication in seeing this case through to the end. Our prayers are with Chief Drake and his family.”
No other information was released.
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