FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Compression Tactical Bra - Cheata Tactical
Patented technology is designed to provide the stability of 2-3 sports bras,...

Top News

Nashville Officer Wounded, Robbery Suspect Killed in Apartment Shooting

December 16, 2014  | 

Officer John Downs (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)
Officer John Downs (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)

A Metro Nashville police officer was shot and a 16-year-old suspect was killed in an incident in south Nashville Sunday night.

It began as officers were investigating a robbery around 7 p.m. Metro police stated a man called to report he was robbed of his personal belongings by two individuals while he was in his car. An investigation led police to the Long Hunter Court apartment.

Several people were inside and consented to a search, during which officers say they located the robbery victim’s credit card.

The suspect, who has been identified as 16-year-old Xavier McDonald, barricaded himself into a bathroom.Negotiators and a special response team were then called to the scene.

Officers attempted to Taser him and take him into custody, but were unsuccessful. McDonald pulled a gun and fired at police, striking one officer in the thigh, according to police.

Officers then returned fire, killing McDonald. WATE TV says McDonald was listed as a runaway by the police department. His mother reported scuffling with McDonald over a box of bullets on December 7. McDonald’s mother reported that he threatened to kill her and was carrying a gun in his waistband at the time.

The wounded officer has been identified as 18-year veteran John Downs. He is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with his family by his side. He is expected to have surgery.

Downs, 42, is a member of the Special Response Team and had previously worked in the domestic violence division.


Comments (2)

Displaying 1 - 2 of 2

kevCopAz @ 12/16/2014 4:55 PM

let me say I don't know the facts, but please explain how we TASER a suspect involved in an armed robbery that was hold up ?? This is a direct result of the fears that some officers and departments have now risking themselves to avoid shooting another young black male, even if they should. More cops will be killed or injured if this type of thought spreads. POLICE please, follow the law, protect yourself, do not take additional unnecessary risks, if you have to shoot, DO it, if they are Black, White, Brown or yellow and if they are a teen or an octogenarian.! GO home after shift. Let the system handle it.

TheRookie @ 12/16/2014 6:17 PM

Excellent job Nashville's finest. Get Well Soon Officer Downs. May You, Family, & Colleagues have a Merry X-Mas & Coming New Year.

No Monday Morning Quarterbacking please.

Join the Discussion





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

Charlotte Officers Cleared in Fatal Shooting 911 Caller
Courtney Suggs and David Guerra have been on paid administrative leave since Sept. 6, when...
Manhunt for Baltimore Cop Killer Continues, Reward Increased to $190K
Rewards totaling nearly $190,000 are being offered by authorities for information leading...
Video: 2 Children Killed in Crash Involving Los Angeles County Sheriff's SUV
The SUV collided with another vehicle and was sent off the roadway where it struck three...
Off-Duty Chicago Officer Stabbed while Driving Crashes into School Bus
The officer, 47, was stabbed in the head in a domestic attack and taken in serious...
Michigan Sheriff's K-9 Struck by Car and Killed
Ori, a 16-month-old German shepherd, was killed during a training exercise in Kalkaska...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine