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Suspect In Custody, Gun Went Off During Pursuit

Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-11 17:31:10-04

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said an 18-year-old suspect has been taken into custody after his gun went off during a pursuit.

The incident happened after noon Monday in the 1900 block of 14th Avenue North.

Officials said the officer, identified as four-year veteran Officer Brian Woodard, had been patrolling the area when he spotted a suspect who had warrants out for his arrest.

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The suspect was identified as 18-year-old armed fugitive Jaylen Holmes.

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When Officer Woodard approached Holmes, the suspect fled. Officer Woodard did attempt to use his taser during the incident to stop Holmes, but it was not effective. 

Holmes then started climbing a fence behind an alley, which was when his gun fired, according to reports.

Police said Holmes claimed he dropped the gun and it went off before he picked it back up.

Officials confirmed no one was injured.

Holmes tried to flee and ditched his weapon in a trash can. He went down on the ground, surrendered, and was taken into custody.

Police said the Toyota Rav4 he had been getting out of when he was first seen by Officer Woodard was a stolen vehicle.

The vehicle had been taken from a recycling center on Coley Davis Road in Bellevue on March 29. According to the 67-year-old owner of the vehicle, he had taken the key out of the ignition and placed it on the console. When he walked to the recycling bin, he saw someone driving off in his SUV.

Woodard had been wanted on two counts of aggravated assault for pistol whipping and shooting at two men he knew at the intersection of Fern and Weakley Avenues on February 21.

He had been free on a $66,000 bond at the time of his arrest Monday after being apprehended in December on felony drug and gun charges.

Related to Monday's incident, Holmes was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, evading arrest, and vehicle theft.