Police in Tennessee are searching for Nashville Police Chief John Drake’s estranged son, who is currently a suspect in the shooting of two LA Vergne police officers during a stolen vehicle chase, police said.
Police have been looking for John C. Drake, Jr. ever since Saturday and briefly alerted residents to shelter-in-place. That order was lifted but police are continuing to search for the 38-year-old.
Drake Jr. is wanted on two counts of attempted first degree murder and should be considered “armed and very dangerous,” the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.
Why is John C. Drake, Jr. wanted by Tennessee police?
According to police, they were chasing a stolen vehicle. When officers made contact with Drake Jr., a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Drake Jr. allegedly pulled out a gun and fired shots.
Investigators said that two officers were shot, with one being shot in the left shoulder while the other officer was shot in the right groin and forearm.
The shooting occurred in front of a Dollar General Store at 670 Stones River Road in La Vergne, a city in Rutherford County around 2:23 p.m. on Saturday.
Who are the LA Vergne officers shot?
The injured officers were identified as Ashely Boleyjack and Gregory Kern.
Boleyjack was released on Saturday night, according to a department spokesperson. Kern remained hospitalized in stable condition as of Sunday morning.
On Saturday night, Nashville Police Chief John Drake confirmed that the suspect in the La Vergne shooting is his “estranged” son.
In a statement released by the city, John Drake expressed his shock and deep sadness upon learning about the La Vergne incident.
I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn that my estranged son, with whom I have had very minimal contact over many years, is the suspect in this afternoon’s shooting of the two La Vergne police officers. My thoughts and prayers are with the two officers, who I understand are now in stable condition at Vanderbilt, John Drake said. Despite my efforts and guidance in the early and teenage years, my son, John Drake Jr., now 38-years-old, resorted to years of criminal activity and is a convicted felon. He has not been a part of my life for quite some time. He now needs to be found and held accountable for his actions today. I hope that anyone who sees him or has information about him will contact law enforcement immediately.
John C. Drake Jr. is 5’11” tall, weighs 195 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes.
John C. Drake, Jr. was last seen around 2:30 p.m. in the area of Stones River Road near Lake Forest Drive in La Vergne.He was wearing gray sweatpants and a black t-shirt with a hockey mask on it, featuring red lettering.
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