Clarksville police investigators hope to find someone who tossed a large rock from an I-24 overpass Friday night, striking an officer's patrol unit, and coming within "inches of taking his head off." The incident, which was captured on the officer's dash cam, occurred around 11:30 p.m. as officer J. Jackson was traveling under the Meriwether Road Bridge near mile marker 2.7 on Interstate 24. Officer Jackson reported the "volleyball sized rock" struck his patrol unit's right where the roof and windshield meet, damaging both of parts and the vehicle's light bar.
The dash cam video shows the rock actually hitting the road first before bouncing up to strike the patrol car.
Jackson, who was responding to a domestic call, was not injured in the incident. "He was shook up," said fellow office Sgt. Charles Gill of the Clarksville Police Department.
He said Jackson "pulled over on the side of the road and activated his lights. It caused the suspects to flee quicker than they normally would have."
Sgt. Gill said Ofc. Jackson was a lucky man because if the rock just missed the windshield.
"Six inches more it would have gone through the windshield taking his head off," added the Sgt. while shaking his head.
Sgt. Gill indicated that Ofc. Jackson even was back at work after the incident, but in a different vehicle as an estimated $3000 dollars worth of repairs are made to his damaged cruiser.
Police said charges against the person or persons responsible for throwing the rock onto the roadway could range from reckless endangerment to attempted murder.Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 931-645-8477.