John Drake Jr. on the run after he stole a car at gunpoint from a home southeast of downtown LaVergne, allegedly, killed himself on Tuesday night
The four-day long manhunt for John Drake Jr., the son of Nashville police chief John Drake, ended on Tuesday night when the suspect took his own life as police closed
The fugitive’s flight ended when he smashed the stolen husband into the back of a parked vehicle as police gave chase
Hours after the carjacking, Drake Jr., 38, shot and injured two police officers who tracked down the stolen vehicle to a convenience store in LaVergne, Tennessee, on Saturday
John C. Drake Jr., 38, was on the run after he shot two police officers outside a Dollar General store in LaVergne, Tennessee, on Saturday
The dramatic manhunt for the estranged son of Nashville’s police chief wanted in connection to the shooting of two officers at a Dollar General ended after a car chase and the suspect taking his own life.
Last weekend, John Drake Jr. shot two officers outside the LaVergne, Tennessee, store. The officers responded to shop 20 miles southeast of Nashville for a reported car theft.
Nashville Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said on Tuesday night, the suspect asked a couple for ride, when they refused, he pulled a gun on them and stole their car.
Later that night, the car was seen in the Edgware section of the city. Police pursued Drake for a short period when he crashed the car and ran into the backyard of a nearby home.
After Drake ran into a shed, officers said that they heard a gunshot. Once inside, the chief’s son was found dead.
LaVergne police officers Ashely Boleyjack [left], and Gregory Kern [right], were treated and released from hospital after being shot by suspected carjacker, John Drake Jr., on Saturday when they confronted him outside a store
Drake, who had been wanted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder, was the son of Metro Nashville Police Department Chief John Drake.
The chief issued a statement Saturday confirming his son was the suspect in the shooting. Drake Jr had been estranged from his father for some time, according to the senior Drake.
Nashville Metro police Chief John Drake [photo], came out immediately to condemn his son’s actions stating that he must be ‘found and held accountable for his actions’ as he urged members of the public with information about his whereabouts to contact police
‘Despite my efforts and guidance in the early and teenage years, my son, John Drake Jr., now 38-years-old, resorted to years of criminal activity and is a convicted felon,’ Drake said.
‘He has not been a part of my life for quite some time. He now needs to be found and held accountable for his actions.
‘I hope that anyone who sees him or has information about him will contact law enforcement immediately.’
Officers Ashely Boleyjack and Gregory Kern were investigating a stolen vehicle outside the Dollar General store when they struggled with the suspect, who pulled a handgun and shot them, said LaVergne Police Chief Christopher Moews.
Both officers were treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Nashville’s police chief’s son John Drake Jr., [photo], who was being hunted after he stole a car at gunpoint from a home southeast of downtown LaVergne, allegedly, killed himself on Tuesday night, after he was cornered by cops
The law enforcement manhunt for John Drake Jr. began on Tuesday after he stole a car at gunpoint from a couple at their home southeast of downtown LaVergne on Tuesday night.
Drake asked a man and woman in front of a home for a ride and when they were unable or unwilling to give him a ride, he pulled out a gun and robbed them of the car in the driveway and fled.
Police spotted the car a short time later and followed it to the Edgehill area south of downtown, where it crashed.
The search for suspected auto thief John Drake Jr. ended tragically after the car he allegedly stole was spotted in the Edgware section of the city of LaVergne, in suburban Tennessee, on Tuesday night
Officers gave chase after spotting the vehicle car Drake Jr. stole on Tuesday night. The car thief eventually crashed into a parked car in the Edgehill area south of downtown
Suspected carjacker John Drake Jr fled to a shed behind a home and when officers surrounded the area, a gunshot was heard. Officers found the suspect dead with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound
Video shows Drake cruising down the street before smashing into the back of a parked car.
Search lights illuminate the vehicle before Drake Jr is seen darting out of the car and running as a police cruiser quickly follows behind.
Ultimately the suspect flees to a shed behind a home. Shortly after the chasing police officers surrounded the area, when a gun shot rings out.
The officers found Drake dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation [TBI], said in a statement posted on social media.
TBI will investigate Drake’s death at District Attorney Glenn Funk’s request and a full autopsy will be performed as a part of the investigation, the agency said.
In a related development LaVergne Police Chief Christopher Meows, in a statement posted on social media, thanked all the officers involved in Tuesday night’s pursuit for their ‘steadfastness and dedication to seeing this case through’ and said their prayers are with Chief Drake and his family.
Mayor Freddie O’Connell issued a statement in support of the police chief.
‘My heart goes out to Chief Drake, his family, and the two wounded LaVergne police officers. I know that despite our best efforts, including in their early years, we can’t be responsible for the choices of family members,’ O’Connell said.