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One arrested in shooting on I-65 S. near Nashville; Metro police continue search for second suspect

The incident happened just after 3 a.m. Saturday
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Posted at 10:41 AM, Oct 23, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man has been arrested after a gun was fired on the interstate, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.

A detective driving an unmarked car was headed south on Interstate 65 near Wedgewood Avenue, where just after 3 a.m., he noticed a Nissan Maxima being driven erratically in his rear-view mirror.

The driver of that car accelerated behind the detective, and as it neared, the officer heard gunshots.

The detective was not struck by the gunfire, nor was his car, and it is unclear if the erratic driver was shooting into the air or another direction.

When the officer turned on his blue lights, the driver sped through the Harding Place exit and then re-entered I-65.

As the driver tried to elude the detective, he drove through the grassy hillside at the on-ramp, crossing all lanes of the interstate before crashing into the center, concrete dividing wall.

A semi-truck driver that passed saw two men exit the crashed vehicle and run.

After successful K-9 tracking, Trenton Hartman, 30, was found and gave up near the Overton High School baseball field.

Hartman said that he was the driver of the Maxima. That vehicle is also registered to Hartman. Hartman was taken to General Hospital for evaluation.

No gun was located, and the passenger of the Maxima has not been found. Three shell casings from a firearm were found on I-65 South in the area where the detective said he heard the shots.

Hartman is charged with leaving the scene of a crash and two counts of misdemeanor drug possession. Metro police believe a second person, who was a passenger in the car, was likely the shooter. That person has not yet been caught.

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The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the suspected shooter's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.