Metro Nashville Police Department officer Faye Denson, 44, was shot in the leg Monday morning while pursuing an 18-year-old suspected gunman in East Nashville. Denson was released Monday afternoon and was recovering at home.
According to police spokesman Don Aaron, Eric Perkins attempted to evade police after an officer stopped him on a suspicious vehicle call. Later, when Denson encountered Perkins in an alley between Stockell and North Second streets he allegedly opened fire on Denson. Officer Carroll “C.J.” Fondaw, who had joined Denson, opened fire on Perkins.
Perkins was hit in the upper body and was in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Monday afternoon.
Perkins had a juvenile record consisting of gun, drug and vehicle theft charges. The Chevrolet Equinox he was driving had temporary West Virginia tags. When the officer who questioned him asked to search the vehicle, Perkins drove off. He later ditched the car and ran to the alley where the gunfire was exchanged.
Arrest warrants charging Perkins with two counts of attempted criminal homicide are being issued, and police expect to arrest upon his release from the hospital. Fondaw, 28, is on administrative assignment while a preliminary investigation of the shooting is completed.