Man shoots at officers after barricading inside vacant Midtown building

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-05 19:08:46-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man faces multiple charges after firing shots at three police officers in Midtown Friday night.

Police say Bryan Bowser, 32, opened fire and barricaded himself for multiple hours inside a vacant building at 50 Music Square West.

Officers in the area initially responded to the building around 6 p.m. when they saw Bowser crouched near the garage entrance. He ran inside the building.

They saw Bowser go into the garage again around 8:30 pm. They followed him and commanded he come out of the room he entered. Bowser fired two shots from a pistol through the room's window.

SWAT officers came in to negotiate with and search for Bowser. They took him into custody around 1:15 a.m. on the building's ninth floor.

Bowser had three handguns in his jacket and multiple rounds of ammunition.

During an interview, Bowser said he had been living in the building. He admitted to trespassing, shooting the handgun when officers were present, possessing the three weapons, and attempting to evade arrest.

Bowser already had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear regarding a July 2018 incident. In that case, Bowser had resisted officers and reached for his waist as they attempted to search him. Bowser had two holstered handguns on his waistband.

Bowser now faces three counts of aggravated assault, unlawful weapon possession, criminal trespassing, and evading arrest. He is held in lieu of $111,000 bond.