NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A police pursuit that traveled across Nashville ended in a crash on Interstate 40 at the Wilson County line early Wednesday morning.
The incident began around 3:45 a.m. at First Avenue and Union Street.
According to Metro police, four people were in a vehicle that drove up to a man walking in the area. Two people armed with guns emerged from the vehicle and robbed the man of his gun, wallet and phone, officers said.
About thirty minutes later, an officer recognized the vehicle as the one used in the armed robbery and began a pursuit near Division Street. Officers followed the vehicle through Edgehill from 12th Avenue South to Interstate 65 where they took the loop to I-440 and onto I-40 East.
The vehicle then traveled down I-40 East to the Wilson County line where the vehicle turned back onto the interstate, going east in the westbound lanes.
The truck crashed into a truck at mile marker 222, which is the Old Hickory Boulevard exit, just before 5 a.m. and the suspects fled from the vehicle.
At least three of the suspects were believed to have weapons and a shotgun was recovered from the vehicle, Metro police said.
Mt. Juliet police reported residents in the area of I-40, South New Hope Road and Chandler Road should be on alert, as Metro police’s helicopter searched the area from above.
The suspects were described by Mt. Juliet police as four black males. One was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with red stripes and light blue jeans. Another wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants, a third wore a black hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans while the fourth had on white or khaki pants.
Mt. Juliet police asked residents to be on alert after the suspects were possibly spotted near the Cobblestone Landing neighborhood off New Hope Road.
One person was taken into custody off Bournemouth Lane in Hermitage around 7:45 a.m. Another two suspects were located around 10 a.m. off Melvin Road. A fourth remained on the run.
Springdale Elementary was placed on soft lockdown with no outdoor activities while the manhunt for the suspects was underway. Wilson County Schools are on fall break but the school is still open for daycare.
The right lanes of the interstate were closed to traffic until around 7:45 a.m.
Police have not released the names and ages of the suspects involved.
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