Nashville cop is wounded in ambush-style attack by gunman, 22, who then killed himself


Gunman, 22, ambushes and shoots Nashville cop after luring him to house with false report about a woman being being shot

  • Nashville cop Brian Sherman was shot in the arm while responding to a ‘setup call’ about a woman who had been shot 
  • Police say gunman Salman Mohamed, 22, fatally shot himself with rifle while officers tried to negotiate with him 
  • Mohamed’s mother and three siblings were found unharmed inside home  

Nashville cop Brian Sherman was shot in the arm while responding to a ‘setup call’ about a woman who had been shot

A Nashville police officer was responding to a fake report that a woman had been shot overnight when he walked into an ambush and was wounded by a gunman who then killed himself.  

Metro Nashville Officer Brian Sherman was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the arm. He was expected to recover. 

The attack took place after 6pm at a home in the 7200 block of Sugarloaf Drive in South Nashville.

Sherman and two other officers were called to the address on a report that someone was actively shooting and that the caller’s mother had been wounded by gunfire, said police spokesman Don Aaron.

Police arrived at this residence on Sugarloaf Drive in Nashville on Tuesday evening after getting a frantic call from a man, saying there was a shooting in progress at his home

Police arrived at this residence on Sugarloaf Drive in Nashville on Tuesday evening after getting a frantic call from a man, saying there was a shooting in progress at his home

As officer Sherman approached the home, police say Salman Mohamed, 22, opened fire, striking him in the left arm

As officer Sherman approached the home, police say Salman Mohamed, 22, opened fire, striking him in the left arm 

When officers arrived and attempted to enter the house, someone began shooting at them. Aaron called the initial 911 call ‘a ruse or a setup to get police to the scene.’

The spokesperson told WKRN: ‘On the 911 call you can hear [the suspect] saying that he’s scared the shots are continuing to be fired hurry, hurry, please get here in a hurry.’ 

Police said the gunman, identified as 22-year-old Salman Mohamed, shot Sherman in the left arm. 

When officers attempted to negotiate with Mohamed, he fatally shot himself in the head with a rifle in the driveway.

Mohamed then fatally shot himself in the head in the driveway as police attempted to negotiate with him

Mohamed then fatally shot himself in the head in the driveway as police attempted to negotiate with him 

A SWAT vehicle is seen at the scene of the fatal shooting in South Nashville on Tuesday. Police said they fired no shots during the incident

A SWAT vehicle is seen at the scene of the fatal shooting in South Nashville on Tuesday. Police said they fired no shots during the incident 

Police said no officers fired their weapons. Mohamed’s mother and three siblings were at the home at the time and were unharmed.

Sherman, who has served on the force in Nashville for two years, was released from University Medical Center, shortly before 10pm. 

Police said Mohamed had no arrest history. As of Wednesday morning, no motive has been determined.  

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