15-year-old charged with aggravated assault on a La Vergne police officer

Posted at 10:00 PM, Feb 19, 2022

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Nashville Police charged a 15-year-old with aggravated assault on a La Vergne police office after a vehicle pursuit Saturday night ended with a shot fired. Both the driver and backseat passenger were 16.

Police say Saturday night La Vergne officers attempted to stop an Infinity sedan traveling at 100 mph on I-24. The driver did not stop and the pursuit was terminated.

Later, the car was spotted by La Vergne police at the intersection of Murfreesboro Pike and Waldron Road. Another stop was attempted.

Spike strips were deployed and the car was disabled just past the Davidson County line.

The three teenagers attempted to flee on foot. The driver was stopped a short distance away from the car.

The 15-year-old ran towards a wooded area. La Vergne police say that he ignored commands and that a shot was heard as he entered the wooded line.

Three officers spotted him in the woods where he surrendered. A nine-milometer pistol and ski mask were found nearby.

He was charged with aggravated assault on a La Vergne police officer, unlawful gun possession, and evading arrest. The gun found had not been reported as stolen. The 15-year-old said he purchased it on the street. He was charged last April with unlawful possession of a pistol that had been stolen in Franklin.

The 16-year-old driver was charged in Rutherford County with felony evading arrest.

The backseat passenger has been released to the custody of his parents.