At the request of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk, and per the Memorandum of Understanding between his office, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, TBI Special Agents continue to investigate the circumstances leading to an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday afternoon in north Nashville.
Preliminary information indicates the shooting occurred shortly before 3:00 in the parking lot of a gas station in the 2200 block of Brick Church Pike. Reportedly, MNPD officers tracked an aggravated robbery suspect, identified as Lamon D. Witherspoon (DOB 11-17-90), to that location and boxed in the stolen vehicle he was driving in an effort to arrest him. During the exchange, Witherspoon reportedly ignored multiple verbal commands to exit the car, rammed several police vehicles, and, at one point, displayed a gun. The situation escalated further, resulting in at least one officer firing several times upon Witherspoon, striking and injuring him. Medics rushed Witherspoon to a Nashville hospital for treatment. No law enforcement officers were hurt in the incident.
At this time, the investigation remains active and ongoing, as TBI Agents continue to gather any and all relevant evidence, interviews, and information. Throughout the process, investigative findings will be shared with the District Attorney General for his further review and consideration.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and, instead, refers questions of that nature to their respective agency to answer as it sees fit.
As a reminder, the TBI acts solely as fact-finders in its cases and does not determine whether the actions of an officer were justified in these types of matters. That decision rests solely with the District Attorney General requesting TBI’s involvement.