A police officer from Nashville, Tennessee, was shot dead Tuesday night in an ambush-style assault while responding to a home where a gunman lured officers before opening fire and eventually committing suicide, police said.
Officer Brian Sherman was shot in the upper left arm while he and other officers responded to a “call to setup” amid reports of a woman being shot at a home in Sugarloaf Drive 7000 shortly after 6:10 p.m. that a brother shot his mother and shot inside, police spokesman Don Aaron said.
When officers arrived at the home and knocked on the door, they were met with gunfire, Aaron said.
“Officers were shot at almost immediately,”
They backed down, and Sherman received first aid from his colleagues. The attacker – identified as 22-year-old Salman Mohammed – came out of the house with a rifle and fatally shot himself in the head while police tried to negotiate with him, police said. No employee opened fire at any time, police said.
Sherman, who has been in the department for two years, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is expected to survive.
Investigators believe Mohammed called 911 to bring authorities to the area. The caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was afraid and asked the police to hurry home, Aaron said.
“It was a trick to get the police into the house,” he said.
Mohammed’s mother and three siblings were found unharmed at the home. They will be questioned by investigators.
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Investigators have not determined the motive for the shooting. Responsible officers are not equipped with body cameras, Aaron said.