Police have always had a target on their back whenever they put on the badge for the past decade. But now this new hatred of police officers from the latest generation seems to be at a boiling point. That hatred brings a new danger to police. It shows when a Nashville police officer was shot Tuesday evening in an ambush-style attack while responding to a home where a lone gunman lured officers before opening fire and eventually killing himself.
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A man called 911 saying his brother shot his mother and was firing inside, police spokesman Don Aaron said. When officers arrived at the home and knocked on the door, they were met with gunfire.
“Almost immediately, shots were fired at the officers,” he said.
Officer Brian Sherman was shot in the upper left arm as he and other officers responded to a “setup call.”
They backed away and Sherman was given first aid by his colleagues. The gunman – identified as 22-year-old Salman Mohamed – came out of the home with a rifle and fatally shot himself in the head as officers were attempting to negotiate with him, police said. No officer opened fire at any time, police said.
Sherman, who has been with the department for two years, was taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is expected to survive.
Investigators believe Mohamed called 911 to lure authorities to the area. The caller told the 911 dispatcher he was scared and begged for police to hurry to the home, Aaron said.
“This was a ruse to get the police to the house,” he said.
Mohamed’s mother and three siblings were found inside the home unharmed. They will be questioned by investigators.