Potential Gunman Sought In Wooded Area Of Mt. Juliet

Posted at 1:09 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 20:57:44-04

Police in Mt. Juliet said they’re searching for a potential gunman who may have been living in the woods at one point.

Two incidents happened Saturday afternoon in a wooded area near the Hickory Hills subdivision. Police said a man believed to be homeless may have threatened two children before firing a shot at someone two people driving four-wheelers. Luckily, the bullet missed those individuals. 

According to officers, the man may have been living in the nearby woods. They searched the area using infrared technology, K9s, and a helicopter, but did not locate the suspect.

Lt. Tyler Chandler said they don’t believe this incident was related to Monday’s armed robbery in the Hickory Hills area, regardless, Chandler said the department plans to increase patrols in the area. 

“It’s very uncharacteristic of the neighborhood to have these incidents with this amount of frequency in a short amount of period of time." Chandler said. "What we’re doing on our end as a police department is stepping up extra patrols in the area. They’re going to notice a lot of police presence in this neighborhood.” 

Chandler added that the property where the incidents happened is private property and should not be used by the homeless, hikers, or four-wheelers. 

Anyone with information was asked to call Mt. Juliet Police at (615) 754-2550 or (615) 754-TIPS (8477).