- John C. Drake, Jr., son of Nashville’s police chief, was implicated in the shooting of two police officers.
- After three days of evading capture, Drake Jr. was found dead from an alleged self-inflicted gunshot.
- Drake Jr. had a history of criminal charges and was previously on the TBI’s “Most Wanted” list.
The manhunt for the son of Nashville’s top cop, following the shooting of two officers, has ended in tragedy.
John C. Drake, Jr., 38, son of Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief John Drake, found himself in the eye of a storm after allegedly shooting two police officers in La Vergne, Tennessee, a stone’s throw away from Nashville. However, the chase to apprehend him took a grim turn on Tuesday night. Authorities discovered him dead, a seeming victim of his own hand.
Elaborating on the circumstances, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) stated, “After pursuing investigative leads in the search for [Tennessee Bureau of Investigation] Most Wanted suspect John Drake, Jr., authorities responded to a location in the 1400 block of 15th Avenue South in Nashville [Tuesday night]. There, responding officers heard a muffled gunshot from an outbuilding and subsequently found Drake deceased from what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
The hunt for Drake Jr. had intensified earlier that day. CNN sources suggest he had forcibly acquired a car at gunpoint, setting the police on his tail. Leading them on a high-speed chase, the pursuit ended in a crash, with Drake Jr. taking refuge in a shed, where his life tragically ended.
La Vergne’s Police Chief, Christopher Moews, conveyed a mix of relief and sorrow, stating, “The La Vergne community and our heroic officers can rest easy tonight knowing that the manhunt for John Drake, Jr. is over.” Moews extended his thoughts to Chief Drake, acknowledging the immense personal toll.
This tragic series of events ignited last week outside a Dollar General store. Two officers, Ashely Boleyjack and Gregory Kern, zeroed in on a suspected stolen vehicle. A confrontation ensued, with Drake Jr. allegedly firing multiple shots, hitting both officers before fleeing. Fortunately, both officers have since recovered and been discharged from the hospital.
Placed on the TBI’s “Most Wanted” list, Drake Jr. was sought for two counts of attempted first-degree murder, sparking a statewide “Blue Alert.”
Chief Drake, reflecting on the heart-wrenching ordeal, stated, “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. He has not been a part of my life for quite some time.”
Drake Jr.’s criminal past is not inconspicuous. The New York Post reports he had faced criminal charges 59 times in Davidson County since 2005, including theft, burglary, drug possession, and assault. He was also convicted of four sex offender violations.
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