A Mt. Juliet police officer was involved in a shooting in the Stonegate Mobile Home Community early Saturday morning.
The suspect, a 56-year-old male, was shot by the officer and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The officer involved was not injured.
Shortly after officers arrived on the scene at the 700 block of Stonegate Drive, the man exited his home carrying a handgun.
According to a press release issued by the police department, the man raised his weapon and pointed it in the direction of the officers and a bystander. One of the officers on the scene immediately ordered the man to lower his weapon. When the man did not oblige, the officer shot him.
There were two adult female family members and one male child in the home. Police said they were not aware of the incident until notified by police officers.
"This is certainly a traumatic event for the injured subject, his family, and the officers involved. Our thoughts and prayers are extended for a quick recovery," Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick said in the release. "Police officers can go through their entire career and never be involved in this type of incident. This is one of the most difficult things an officer has to do."
The shooting is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The officer involved is on leave while the investigation is ongoing.