Man shot after pointing gun at Millersville officers - WKRN News 2

Man shot after pointing gun at Millersville officers

Posted: Updated: Aug 16, 2013 4:55 PM
Richard Mayers Richard Mayers
MILLERSVILLE, Tenn. -

Four Millersville police officers were involved in a shooting Thursday night after a drug suspect pointed a gun at them.

The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m. at the Economy Inn on Highway 31 West.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, officers with the Millersville Police Department were attempting to stop subject Richard Mayers when the 50-year-old fled and held a gun out the car window.

The four officers opened fire after they cornered Mayers at the motel and he pointed a gun at them.

"He waved his gun out the window as if he were about to fire at the detectives who were directly behind him," witness Tray Rhoton told Nashville's News 2 Investigates, adding, "You pull a gun on a cop and that is what is going to happen."

Mayers was shot and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He underwent surgery on Friday and is expected to survive.

Friday, Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke with Mayers' wife, who asked not to be identified.

"They had him down on the ground right there. You could see where he was bleeding," she said pointing to a blood stain on the ground.

She continued, "It sounded like a war was taking place. It sounded like Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! I can't even count how many shots I heard. I can't even tell you. I just know he said if I ever heard [gunshots] to grab the dog and get in the bathtub. That's what I thought. I thought I would get shot because it was so close. They had him on the ground with his hands cuffed behind his back and they sprayed him in the face with mace."

Mayers' wife went on to add that her husband is a good man and had been suicidal in days prior to the incident.

She added she does not believe he was involved in heroin, as alleged by police sources.

"Obviously, there was a lot of overkill here by authorities. The person who is shot is mentally and physically disabled," said Mayers' mother, who also wished not to be identified.

Mayers is from the Nashville area and had been staying at the Economy Inn with his wife and young daughter. He was wanted on drug charges in Nashville.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on a routine administrative leave.  Their names weren't released.

Police said Mayers has an extensive arrest history that dates back four decades and includes arrests for drugs and violence.

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