A police officer in Nashville, Tennessee, was shot on Tuesday evening in an ambush pattern while retaliating against a house where the gunman lured the officer before finally opening fire and suicide, police said.
Agent Brian Sherman was shot in the upper left arm as he and other officers responded to “setting up calls” amid reports of a woman shot in a house on the Sugarloaf Drive blog. A f7000 blocked after 6:10 p.m. a man called 911 saying he, the brother shot his mother and shot it inside, said police spokesman Don Aaron.
When officers arrived at the house and knocked on the door, they were met with gunshots, Aaron said.
“Almost immediately, guns were fired at officers,”; he said.
They retreated and Sherman was given first aid from his colleague. The gunman, identified as 22-year-old Salman Mohamed, came out of the house with a rifle and shot himself in the head while officers tried to negotiate with him, police said. Police officers said there were no officers at any time to open fire.
Sherman, who had been with the department for two years, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. It is expected that he will survive.
Investigators believe Mohamed called 911 to lure officers into the area. The caller told the 911 dispatcher he was scared and begged the police to go home, Aaron said.
“This is a trick to bring the police over to the house,” he said.
Mohamed’s mother and three siblings and were found in the home unharmed. They will be investigated by investigators.
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Investigators did not specify the motive for the shooting. Response officers were not equipped with cameras, Aaron said.