UPDATED: 12:17 a.m. 4/28/17
A Spring Hill police officer was assaulted in the parking lot of the Crossings Shopping Center Thursday evening.
During the altercation, which was with 33-year old Brandon McMahan of Columbia, the officer discharged his weapon. The suspect was not hit.
At 6:25 p.m. a be-on-the-look-out was issued over the Spring Hill police radio for a Nissan SUV seen driving erratically, heading in the direction of the Crossings, according to Detective Michael Foster, the lead detective on the scene. The officer involved in the altercation answered the BOLO radio call and at 6:32 p.m. saw a Nissan SUV matching the description parked in the Crossings parking lot near Mattress Inn and approached the vehicle.
“The officer got on the radio and said that the driver was starting to get hostile and aggressive and called for backup,” Foster said. “There was no more radio contact after that.”
“Before backup arrived at 6:45 p.m., the suspect and officer got into some kind of altercation, during which at one point the officer fired one shot due to what the suspect was doing,” Foster said.
The bullet did not hit the suspect or anyone else on the scene, ricocheted off the pavement, put a hole in the glass storefront of GNC and lodged into the building, Foster said that as expected given the public setting of the scene, a number of witnesses gave statements and saw the crime.
When officers arrived they apprehended McMahan and took him to Maury County Jail, on charges of Resisting Arrest and Aggravated Assault on an Officer.
The still-unidentified officer, who was taken to Williamson Medical Center, sustained significant head injuries, a dislocated shoulder, lacerations to the nose and back of the head, and possibly a broken nose.
Foster said police were not sure yet why or under what circumstances, such as a struggle over the pistol or McMahan attempting to take it, the shot was fired by the officer.
We are on scene investigating an assault on one of our officers. Officer discharged weapon during an altercation. Suspect was not hit. pic.twitter.com/Wk5BrNcX4f
— Spring Hill Police (@springhillpdtn) April 28, 2017