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Teen shot after high-speed car chase

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The incident began around 10 p.m., Wednesday, after MJPD Sgt. Scott Fulton spotted a vehicle matching the description of a stolen car behind Providence MarketPlace, said MJPD Chief Andy Garrett during a news conference yesterday.

Upon approaching the parked vehicle, the suspect sped away, striking the officer in his leg and running over his foot, leading into pursuit.

After erratic driving and high speeds, Garrett said Fulton called off the pursuit due to risk.While MJPD Officers Michael Rountree and Jason Brockman and two LPD officers were meeting to debrief after the chase, the suspect was spotted again.

The patrol cars continued the pursuit on North Mt. Juliet Road where the suspect turned onto East Division Street and turned northbound on Highway 109, reaching speeds between 90 and 100 mph.

A Lebanon officer deployed a spike strip on Hwy. 109 which successfully blew out the front tires of the black Chevy Camaro.

The suspect lost control, struck a Lebanon Police vehicle, spinning into a ditch at the Highway 109/70 westbound on-ramp. While attempting to flee, the suspect struck Rountree’s vehicle head-on before coming to a stop.

Rountree exited his vehicle and pointed his firearm at the suspect, commanding the driver to stop.Garrett said the suspect raised his arms out the roof of the vehicle as to show surrender then tried accelerating again to escape, knocking down Rountree and pinning him under the vehicle.

With continued accelerations, the officer was pulled further under the vehicle until he, Brockman and an LPD officer who was not identified opened fire on the suspect, Garrett said.

Rountree’s leg was pinned between the wheel and wheel well of the vehicle for 15-20 minutes while officers apprehended the suspect and treated him once they realized Rountree did not have life-threatening injuries, according to Lebanon Chief Scott Bowen.

Once more officers arrived on the scene, together they lifted the vehicle off Rountree’s leg once it was determined safe.

Charges pending include one count of attempted second degree murder, four counts aggravated assault, two counts reckless driving, two counts evading and one count possession of a stolen vehicle.

Bowen said the juvenile also has charges pending from last week when he was believed to have stolen a vehicle from Lebanon before driving it to Rutherford County and burning it.

“It’s a miracle no one was killed or murdered,” Bowen said. “It just goes to show you that nothing ever good happens when you run from the police.”

Garrett said they do not know if the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting while all three officers are on administrative leave. Tennessee Highway Patrol is working the accident.

Staff Writer Zack Owensby may be contacted at zowensby@wilsonpost.com.

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