Accused cocaine dealer Marquale Burke, who was wounded after allegedly striking a Metro police officer with his car Tuesday night, was released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center early Wednesday and is now jailed.
Burke, 27, who received three-year sentences in 2006 and 2009 for felony cocaine convictions, is now charged with selling cocaine, possessing cocaine for resale, possession of marijuana, possession of Ecstasy and possession of drug scales.
His bond is set at $77,000.
On Tuesday night, a police operative working with the North Precinct’s Crime Suppression Unit made arrangements to buy crack cocaine from Burke. The transaction took place at approximately 8 p.m. in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant on Gallatin Road.
When Undercover Officer Aaron Cothran ordered Burke from the vehicle, Burke allegedly accelerated his car, striking Cothran. Police said Cothran felt threatened and fired his pistol at Burke. Burke was hit twice, once in each shoulder. He was treated and discharged from VUMC shortly after midnight.
Cothran, a three-year police department veteran, is on routine administrative assignment pending completion of the preliminary shooting investigation.