Community prays for Metro officer shot while walking dog

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DAVIDSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Scottsboro community is rallying in prayer for a Metro police officer shot while walking his dog.

William Johnson Jr.
William Johnson Jr. (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)

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Police say Officer Darrell Osment was off duty when William Johnson inexplicably shot him in the back of his shoulder.

Just about 4 miles from where Officer Osment was shot, neighbors in the Scottsboro community couldn’t believe the news. They say the officer often comes to Lewis Country Store.

“He’s always a pleasure to interact with, just a really, really, good guy. His family is from the neighborhood. Good, salt to the earth country people,” Brad Lewis who owns the store told News 2.

Officer Darrell Osment
Officer Darrell Osment (Source: Metro Nashville Police Department)

Lewis called the shooting of the 13-year Metro police officer veteran senseless.  

“It was a shock to say the least. What a senseless, unprovoked act of violence. It’s baffling, it makes no sense, absolutely none whatsoever,” said Lewis.

Officer Osment was released from the hospital Friday afternoon and is now recovering at home.

Police said Officer Osment’s dog is okay.

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