Felon Charged After Shooting At Rutherford Co. Deputies

Posted at 5:25 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 18:25:24-04

A wanted felon was arrested and charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting at two deputies. 

According to the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, 24-year-old Mason Deforrest fired multiple shots at the deputies during a chase.

Officials said Defforest shot at Lt. Kenneth Barrett and Deputy Nick Coble. The deputies tried to stop the suspect in a traffic stop along Old Woodbury Highway after recognizing him. They knew he was wanted for felony violation of community corrections.

The deputies said Deforrest parked his car and fired multiple shots at them while running through a field, then tossed the pistol.

“He ran into the edge of my car and fell in front of it,” Deputy Coble said. “He put his hands atop his head and was taken into custody.”

Deforrest will be charged with two counts of attempted murder of two deputies along with other charges.

He was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where he was being held without bond on the violation of community corrections.

The warrant stated Deforrest deactivated his GPS tracking system in September and failed to abide by the conditions of release. Hearings were pending in Circuit Court and General Sessions Court.

Chief Deputy Garrett said the deputies “used great restraint” in apprehending Deforrest without anyone being injured.

Deputy Chief Keith Lowery said Lt. Barrett and Deputy Coble handled the arrest professionally and used their training in arresting Deforrest.

The pistol was stolen from Maryland. Deputies recovered a knife in his pants pocket.