Police say detective stopped gang-related ‘hit’

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 7:54pm
Staff reports

Two members of rival gangs are hospitalized Tuesday afternoon after Metro police foiled an attempted “hit” outside a north Nashville coin laundry.

An officer responding to the area of Clifton and 28th avenues witnessed the gunplay and opened fire on Aaron Gooch, 20, a known Bloods gang affiliate, who was allegedly firing on a Gangster Disciples affiliate.

Gooch allegedly shot Kenneth “Little Kenny” Ellis, 23, after Ellis came out of a laundry in the area.

The first to arrive, Detective Gerry Hyder, stopped his vehicle in the middle of the street, took cover behind it, and yelled for Gooch to drop his gun and get on the ground, police said. Gooch, who was moving on foot through the parking lot, refused to comply.

Police said Hyder fired on Gooch, who was hit in the hip area. He went down in the parking lot, and Hyder rendered aid while calling for an ambulance.

Ellis, who had received gunshot wounds to his legs from Gooch’s bullets, made his way across the street into a nail salon. Witnesses there told police Ellis, who was armed, made his way out the back door. He tried to flee the area on foot but collapsed in a nearby field as the result of his wounds, police said.

Ellis is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Gooch is in critical but stable condition.

Hyder, 38, a nine-year police department veteran, is on routine administrative assignment, as is customary in police shooting matters.

7 Comments on this post:

By: TITAN1 on 3/30/10 at 6:02

Great work, officer!

By: AmyLiorate on 3/30/10 at 6:30

Too bad the policeman has to suffer the circumstance of pulling the trigger.

All because a couple of thugs choose a life of crime and added guns to the mix.
I hope they are charged and sentenced to the MAX for doing gun crime.
NO PLEA DEALS for these thugs.

Parents - teach your children responsibility!

By: willtw on 3/31/10 at 6:32

Hey...administrative leave is a routine procedure in all officer/suspect encounters. It is not a put down or punishment...a shooting team is assigned, a hearing is held to see if procedures are followed then the officer is either ruled a justified shooter or not. This is done in almost every municipality in every state of the US...There are no circumstances to suffer...PERIOD.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 3/31/10 at 7:49

Good job, MNPD! now let's see if the judge will do right.

By: TITAN1 on 3/31/10 at 8:06

willtw, I could be wrong, but I took what Amy said as "Too, bad the officer was forced to shoot him." Not that he did anything wrong. I don't have all the answers, but we all need to get through to these kids, teenagers, and young adults that gangs are just a group for lazy cowards to join. Shooting someone, stabbing someone, or even fighting is not the way to do things. It is the coward's way.

By: Alphadog7 on 3/31/10 at 8:15

What a sad couple of mug shots. Why the pout boys?

By: GUARDIAN on 3/31/10 at 11:42

Until these gangs are destroyed or run out of town middle TN will never be safe. They have ruined west TN, Almost ruined middle TN and have a big start on ruining east TN. The difference is in east TN the people will take care of them if LE can't or won't.