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Metro Police Officer, Suspect Injured In Shooting

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Officer Faye Denson, 44, is a seven-year police department veteran. Officer Faye Denson, 44, is a seven-year police department veteran.
Officer Carroll “C.J.” Fondaw, 28, is a four-year police department veteran. Officer Carroll “C.J.” Fondaw, 28, is a four-year police department veteran.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Police said one of their officers and a suspect were injured in a shooting Monday morning in east Nashville.

Police said Officer Michelle Steidl responded to the River Chase Apartment around 10 a.m. Monday after a neighbor called about people sitting in a car outside the building.

Officer Steidl began speaking to a man in the car, identified as 18-year-old Eric Perkins, and that's when he allegedly started to drive away. Police said Perkins jumped out of the car, and the car crashed into the apartment building.

Steidl began chasing Perkins, saw he had a gun, and called in her location over the police radio.

Steidl, along with Officers Faye Denson and Carroll Fondaw who joined in on the chase, caught up with Perkins in an alley on Stockell Street, near Grace Street. Police said Officer Denson was shot once in the leg during the chase.

Officer Fondaw then opened fire on Perkins, who was hit at least once.

"When Officers Denson and Fondaw came back through the yards and into the alley, they came upon the gunman. The gunman opened fire on officer Denson. She was hit in the leg. Fondaw returned the fire and the suspect fell just on the left side of one of the homes there," said Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron.

Officer Denson and Perkins were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Denson was listed in stable condition, while Perkins remained in critical condition.

Officer Faye Denson, 44, is a seven-year police department veteran. Officer Carroll "C.J." Fondaw, 28, is a four-year police department veteran.

Perkins was arrested in May at the age of 17 on charges of unlawful gun possession, vehicle theft, theft of property, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, evading arrest and marijuana possession. The charges were transferred from Juvenile Court to Criminal Court in July.

He was released on his own recognizance after being booked on July 26.

Officer Denson was treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center around 3:30p.m.

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