Officer shoots suspect in domestic dispute

Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 10:24pm
Staff reports

When Officer Michael Hunnicutt heard a fellow officer — in a scuffle with a suspect — yell “knife” and then saw blood coming from the back of the officer’s neck, he ordered the knife-wielding suspect to drop his weapon.

When he didn't, Hunnicutt shot the suspect in self-defense, Metro police said.

Officer John Timm, a two-year police department veteran, sustained a serious laceration to the back of his neck, a puncture wound to his lower back near his kidneys and a cut to his face. Police said he would be released Thursday night. Barragan, who was shot in the abdomen, remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police were attempting to resolve a domestic dispute between Pedro Valencia Barragan, 31, and his former longtime girlfriend regarding their 8-year-old daughter when the suspect began fighting with officers.

Barragan’s girlfriend said she called police because she feared he was going to take the child without her permission. Police stopped his vehicle at 5:30 p.m. on Oak Barrel Lane in Antioch. The child was with him.

After the girl got out of the vehicle and was secured nearby, the two officers asked Barragan to get into the back of a police car so that they could sort out the domestic issue, police said. Barragan refused and instead began fighting them.

Hunnicutt, 28, a three-year police department veteran, is on routine administrative assignment while the shooting is investigated.

2 Comments on this post:

By: gruntz on 3/12/10 at 12:42

Question for the City Paper: Is Mr. Valencia a U.S. citizen? If yes, he got what he deserved. If not, he shouldn't have been in TN to begin with and so one of our officers wouldn't be in the hospital. TY

By: slzy on 3/12/10 at 10:30

where is the chiefs "El Protecto" when you need him?