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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)

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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.

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