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Nashville Officer Ambushed By Gunman Who Made False 911 Call To Lure Police In

Nashville, TN – A Nashville police officer was shot in an ambush attack while responding to a false report of a shooting on Tuesday evening.

The incident began at approximately 6:10 p.m. on May 4, when the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department (NMPD) received a 911 call from a man who claimed his brother had just shot his mother, WKRN reported.

The caller said the gunman was still firing inside their home on Sugarloaf Drive, police said.

At least three NMPD officers responded to the scene.

When they knocked on the front door, the gunman flung the door open and started shooting at them, NMPD spokesperson Don Aaron said during a press conference later that night.

NMPD Officer Brian Sherman was shot in his upper left arm during the ambush, WKRN reported.

The officers did not return fire and the gunman retreated into the home, Aaron said.

He has since been identified as 22-year-old Salman Mohamed, the Associated Press reported.

Aaron said police attempted to negotiate with Mohamed, but he ultimately walked out of the house with a rifle and fatally shot himself in the head, according to WKRN.

Officers did not fire their weapons at any point during the incident, WNYW reported.

Aaron told reporters the original 911 call “was a ruse or a setup to get the police to come to the house,” WKRN reported.

“We believe the person who made the 911 call is Mohamed himself,” he said. “On the 911 call, you can hear him saying that he’s scared. That shots are continuing to be fired. ‘Hurry — hurry. Please get here in a hurry.’”

Officer Sherman was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of his gunshot wounds, and has since been released to recover at home, WKRN reported.

He has been with the NMPD for two years, according to WNYW.

No other officers were injured during the ambush.

Investigators said the gunman’s three siblings and his mother were all found inside the residence unharmed, WNYW reported.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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