October 26, 2023

USA: Man Accused Of Shooting 2 Police Officers This Past Weekend Is Nashville Chief's Estranged Son. Shooter Was Found Dead Tuesday From Apparent Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound.


October 21, 2023: Police shooting suspect is Nashville Chief's son. 
WSMV 4 Nashville published October 24, 2023: Mother begs son to surrender after shooting. Veleria East begs her son John Drake Jr. to turn himself into authorities.
NBC News published October 22, 2023: Nashville police chief’s son suspected in shooting of 2 officers. John C. Drake, the son of Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, has been identified as a suspect in the shooting of two La Vergne police officers outside of a Dollar General in Tennessee. WSMV reports.
Fox Nashville published October 24, 2023: John Drake Jr. found dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, TBI reports. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) reports John Drake Jr., the man accused of shooting two La Vergne Police officers has been found dead. According to the TBI, Drake Jr., the estranged son of Metro Police Chief John Drake, was reportedly found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

The Tennessean Nashville
written by Juan Buitrago and Kirsten Fiscus, Nashville Tennessean staff
Wednesday October 25, 2023

The three-day search for John C. Drake Jr., wanted after a shooting that injured two La Vergne police officers, ended late Tuesday night after he was found dead in Nashville, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

John C. Drake Jr., who was on TBI's most wanted list, was found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the TBI said in a statement on X at 10:33 p.m. Tuesday.

He was Nashville Police Chief John Drake's "estranged son" with whom he'd had no contact with in years, the chief said Saturday.

Don Aaron, spokesperson for the Metro Nashville Police Department said late Tuesday that John C. Drake Jr. stole a car at gunpoint. Police responded to the area of Thompson Place and Patricia Drive and chased the gold, Chrysler 200 to the 1400 block of 15th Avenue South in Nashville's Edgehill neighborhood.

"On 15th Avenue South, the car crashed. Drake fled from the vehicle into a shed behind a residence," Aaron said. "While the officers were surrounding the residence to contain the shed, a gunshot was heard and it appears he has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

District Attorney General Glenn Funk requested TBI agents handle the investigation into John C. Drake Jr.'s death.

A full autopsy will be performed as part of the investigation.

Nashville police chief says he's "heartbroken and saddened" by outcome

Chief John Drake prayed for a peaceful outcome, he said Wednesday morning.

"I am grateful to the members of law enforcement, including many officers from this department, who worked diligently since Saturday to locate my son and bring him into custody," Chief John Drake said in an emailed statement. "It was my prayer that no harm would come to him or anyone else. I am heartbroken and saddened by the outcome."

Chief John Drake said he appreciated the understanding shown to his family.

"I appreicate the condolances and kind words of support as my family and I privately mourn our loss," he said.

Nashville Mayor Freddie O'Connell sent his sympathy to Chief John Drake Wednesday morning.

"This was a tragic end to John Drake Jr.’s life, and our heart goes out to Chief Drake and his family at this difficult time," O'Connell said.

La Vergne shooting sparks manhunt

John C. Drake Jr. had been on the run since Saturday when La Vergne police responded to a Dollar General Store on River Road for a stolen car.

"They made contact with a subject. They struggled with that subject," said La Vergne Police Chief Christopher Moews. "During that struggle the suspect produced a handgun and fired shots."

The shooting injured officers Ashely Boleyjack and Gregory Kern. Both were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and have since been released.

John C. Drake Jr. fled the scene of the shooting, sparking a shelter-in-place order in La Vergne and a TBI Blue Alert issued statewide as law enforcement officers continued their search.

Nashville Police Chief John Drake calls for 'estranged' son's arrest

Late Saturday night, Chief John Drake issued a statement confirming the shooting suspect is his "estranged" son.

“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," read Chief John Drake's statement, which goes on to say John C. Drake Jr. resorted to years of criminal activity despite his father's guidance in his early life.

"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.”

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