Tennessee Highway Patrol headquarters in Bartlett attacked

An unknown person or persons opened fire on the THP headquarters on Summer Avenue leaving it riddled with bullets on Sunday evening.

On Monday evening around 8:55 P.M. someone opened fire on the building while a trooper and two dispatchers were inside the headquarters of the Tennessee Highway Patrol building in Bartlett. 

No one was hurt in the act of violence. Approximately 14 shell casings were found as evidence of the shooting that appeared to be form an AK-47. Authorities from inside the building said that they heard anywhere from 15 to 20 gunshots.

There were approximately shots penetrated the glass doorways and entered the building itself. Some bullets entered paneling but thankfully no personnel were injured.

“They’re a little shook up. But again, nothing penetrated into their area,” THP Sgt. Chris Richardson said. “We were very lucky, especially with everything happening around the county, that nobody was injured,” Richardson said.

“We’re taught automatically to be vigilant, but especially something as tragic as just happened over the weekend with the MPD officer, our brethren there, it raises your alert level again,” Richardson said.

“The rounds were in a tight group as if the suspect(s) stopped their vehicle in the middle of the road, stepped out of the vehicle, and intentionally fired the rounds into the police station,” Lt. Cary Hopkins, the THP public information officer, said in a report.

Since the incident occurred within the Bartlett, Tennessee jurisdiction, Bartlett Police will be handling the investigation primarily.

According to Bartlett police reports, officers received a shots fired call to the station 6348 Summer, also known as U.S. 70, about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, THP Lt. William Futrell said he heard 15 to 20 gunshots, and there were bullet holes in the front of the building.

“The rounds were in a tight group as if the suspect(s) stopped their vehicle in the middle of the road, stepped out of the vehicle, and intentionally fired the rounds into the police station,” Lt. Cary Hopkins, the THP public information officer, said in a report.

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