TBI: Suspect shot by Coopertown officer arrested after 3-county chase

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Montgomery County that happened on Tuesday night. 

A Nashville man wanted for questioning in connection with robberies in the city, later identified as 25-year-old Duiel Anthony Campbell III, was eventually captured by deputies in Clarksville and treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

According to Metro police, a Kia Soul with a Florida tag was spotted shortly after a May 20 armed robbery of a man in the parking lot of his Bell Road apartment complex. Officers tried to stop the Kia, but it got away. 

Tuesday evening, Juvenile Task Force officers said they found the Kia on Clarksville Pike at Cliff Drive and tried to stop it. The car instead engaged in a pursuit that was terminated by police when the suspect began driving the wrong way down Briley Parkway and Ashland City Highway. 

According to Metro officials, three different Juvenile Task Force officers were required to take “evasive action” as Campbell drove at them in “apparent intentional attempts to hit their vehicles.”

Metro officers on the ground were forced to abandon the chase because of the danger it posed to drivers during rush hour.

Police said an MNPD helicopter began monitoring the car as it traveled the wrong way on I-24W and exited the interstate into Robertson County to try and drive in the correct direction. 

According to the TBI, a Coopertown Police Officer positioned his cruiser next to stopped vehicles in order to block all lanes of traffic. When he exited his vehicle to approach Campbell, the suspect reportedly continued to drive at the officer.

The officer fired shots at the suspect’s vehicle, which struck the cruiser before driving off in the other direction and got back on I-24. The officer was not injured. 

Campbell reportedly continued down I-24, taking exit 4 in Montgomery County and bailing out of the Kia in a neighborhood and run toward a wood line. Authorities in Montgomery County said they recovered a gun in the area.

The suspect was eventually captured in the 6000 block of Todd Drive by Clarksville Police Officers and was transported to an area hospital. 

Metro officials said Campbell has now been charged with three counts of aggravated assault on police officers, felony reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license. He is also still under investigation for the robberies in Nashville. He will also face additional charges in Montgomery and Robertson Counties. 

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