Police in La Vergne, Tennessee, were searching for a suspect Saturday afternoon, after two officers were shot outside a Dollar General while investigating a stolen vehicle, La Vergne Police Chief Chris Moews said in a press conference.
“During that investigation they had contact with a subject. They struggled with that subject and that suspect produced a handgun and fired shots,” Moews said.
He said that one of the officers, a nearly three-year veteran with the force, suffered a gunshot wound to his rear left shoulder, and the other officer, who has been with the department a year-and-a-half, was shot in the right groin and right forearm. Both are listed in stable condition.
The suspect has been identified as John C. Drake, 38.
Moews described him as a Black man, 5 foot 11 inches tall, with a muscular build, facial hair and dreadlocks. He was wearing a black t-shirt with a white hockey mask emblem on the front with red lettering and gray pants.
He was last seen heading northbound on Stones River Road.
A shelter in place in order remained for the area as of 5:30 p.m. local time. “Avoid the area and report anything suspicious,” police said in a Facebook update.