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Dramatic moment cop shoots and injures driver, 20, after ‘he reached for gun inside dashboard’ 


‘Why’d you reach for it kid?’ Dramatic moment Nashville cop shoots and injures Camaro driver, 20, after ‘he struck another car and injured child inside, then reached for gun on his dashboard’

  • On Monday School Resource Officer Byron Boelter stopped at the scene of a two car wreck involving a Nissan Ultima and Chevrolet Camaro  
  • Metropolitan Nashville Police said surveillance from a nearby business showed 20-year-old Rod Reed driving his Camaro erratically before striking the Altima
  • Boelter’s bodycam footage captured a young girl being pulled out of the back seat of the Altima unconscious while her mother wails in the background 
  • Boelter then approaches the driver’s side door of the Camaro when Reed passes in front of him and then walks over to the passenger side of the car
  • When Boelter looks inside the car through the driver’s side window, Reed is captured reaching into the vehicle where police say a gun was on the dashboard
  • Boelter calmly tells Reed ‘Just leave that stuff in there, man,’ and motions for Reed to move. ‘Just go ahead and go. Go. Go on ahead and go, man.’
  • Reed does not stop and bodycam footage shows Boelter fires two shots through the open doors of the car at Reed who then collapses onto the grass


A Nashville cop was filmed shooting a suspect in the leg after he allegedly caused a car crash that injured a child, then reached for a gun on his dashboard.   

On Monday School Resource Officer Byron Boelter was driving home from work when he stopped at the scene of a two car wreck involving a Nissan Ultima with a child in the backseat and a Chevrolet Camaro on the side of the road.   

Bodycam footage showed the moment Boelter arrives at the scene where paramedics were treating a mother and daughter, who was pulled from the Nissan unconscious while her stricken mom screamed. 

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On Monday School Resource Officer Byron Boelter (pictured) stopped at the scene of a two car wreck involving a Nissan Ultima and Chevrolet Camaro

Boelter's bodycam footage captured a young girl being pulled out of the back seat of the Altima while her mother wails in the background

Boelter’s bodycam footage captured a young girl being pulled out of the back seat of the Altima while her mother wails in the background

According to Metropolitan Nashville Police, surveillance footage from a nearby business showed 20-year-old Rod Reed driving his Camaro erratically before striking the Altima.

Boelter’s bodycam shows the moment the young girl, who appears unconscious, was pulled out of the back seat of the Altima where the air bags look to have deployed while her mother wails in the background.   

Police said the young girl was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

Bodycam footage then shows Boelter approach the driver’s side door of the Camaro also involved in the wreck when Reed passes in front of him and then walks over to the passenger side of the car, Tenessean.com reported.

When Boelter looks inside the car through the driver’s side window, Reed is captured reaching into the vehicle where police say a gun was on the dashboard. 

Boelter calmly tells Reed ‘Just leave that stuff in there, man,’ and motions for Reed to move. ‘Just go ahead and go. Go. Go on ahead and go, man.’

Boelter then approaches the driver's side door of the Camaro when Reed passes in front of him and then walks over to the passenger side of the car

Boelter then approaches the driver’s side door of the Camaro when Reed passes in front of him and then walks over to the passenger side of the car 

After Boelter shoots Reed he collapses onto the grass as Boelter instructs him to stay down and put his hands up while he calls for backup

After Boelter shoots Reed he collapses onto the grass as Boelter instructs him to stay down and put his hands up while he calls for backup

Boelter then approaches Reed asking where he was hit and asks him again where the gun is

Boelter then approaches Reed asking where he was hit and asks him again where the gun is

Reed does not appear to stop and bodycam footage shows Boelter fire two shots through the open doors of the car at Reed, who then collapses onto the grass as Boelter instructs him to stay down and put his hands up.

After shooing Reed Boelter calls for backup as the 20-year-old lays injured on the ground crying.   

Boelter asks Reed  ‘Where’s the gun at?’ while holding his gun at him at a distance and tells him ‘Just leave it right there, buddy. It’s OK, buddy.’

Boelter then approaches Reed asking where he was hit and asks him again where the gun is.

‘Where’s the gun, buddy?’ Boelter asked Reed again as he touches his back. 

Reed responded ‘Over there somewhere. I don’t know, sir.’

‘Why’d you reach for it, kid?’ Boelter asks.

‘I was trying to get it out the car, sir,’ Reed responds, to which Boelter says ‘Come on, man,’ before the bodycam footage ends. 

MNPD said the gun was recovered at the scene.  Reed was arrested on his release from hospital, and now faces federal gun and drug charges. 

As the department investigates the shooting, Boelter, who has been on the force for 16 years, has been put on administrative assignment, the Tennessean reported. 

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