NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro Police and TBI agents are on the scene of a reported officer-involved shooting at an Exxon gas station on Brick Church Pike near Trinity Lane.
According to the TBI, the shooting occurred shortly before 3 p.m. MNPD officers reportedly tracked aggravated robbery suspect, 30-year-old Lamon D. Witherspoon, to the gas station and boxed in the stolen vehicle he was driving in an effort to arrest him.
Metro Police spokesman, Don Aaron, says the department issued warrants charging Witherspoon with aggravated assault and aggravated robbery around 3 o’clock Wednesday morning for his alleged involvement in an incident at Nashville Pizza and Pasta that happened last week.
“He was holding his arm behind his back demanding money. He wound up walking out with the cash register and as the video later showed, the object which he was holding, which he implicated to be a gun was actually a cell phone.”
During the exchange with police Wednesday at the Exxon station, Witherspoon reportedly ignored multiple verbal commands to exit the car, rammed several police vehicles, and, at one point, displayed a gun.
The situation escalated further, resulting in officer Wesley McClelland firing several times upon Witherspoon, striking and injuring him.
“It was McClelland’s belief that Witherspoon was turning toward him with the gun, that he was going to be shot. That officer McClellan was going to be shot. So McClelland fired on Witherspoon,” Aaron said.
According to Aaron, McClelland shot Witherspoon in the head and hip. Officer McClelland was not injured.
Detectives also recovered the gun that Witherspoon allegedly pointed at officer McClelland. It was visible at Wednesday’s scene, sitting on top of the stolen car Witherspoon had been driving.
Aaron says Witherspoon stole the vehicle from an acquaintance. That acquaintance told police there was a tracking device inside the car, which is what led police to the Exxon station.
Officer McClelland was also involved in a 2016 officer-involved shooting during which a man named Sandy Joe Duke was fatally injured. In that case, the shooting of Duke by Officer McClelland was deemed to have been justified.
Witherspoon was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries. No officers were injured in the shooting.
Officer McClelland remains on administrative assignment as the investigation continues.
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