Dispatch & Body Cam Record Shots Fired At Ridgetop Officer, Suspect In Custody
RIDGETOP TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – A Springfield man is facing charges of Attempted Murder after officials say he fired a gun at a Ridgetop Police Officer.
The incident took place last Thursday evening March 8th around 9:10 pm.
The 911 call initially came in as a domestic situation with “shots fired” at a residence located on King Street in Ridgetop, not far from Watauga Elementary School. MAP
K-9 Narcotics Officer Shawn Taylor
According to records, shortly after K-9 Narcotics Officer Shawn Taylor arrived at the scene he heard gunfire followed by the wiz of a round over his head. Due to a radio malfunction, Officer Taylor was using his cell phone to communicate with 911 dispatch. Both 911 dispatch and Officer Taylor’s body cam recorded the shot.
A 15-year veteran Officer, Taylor knew that someone he could not see was shooting at him, likely from an adjacent wooded area. Officer Taylor’s first concern was the safety of the residents nearby. Making his way to the residents Officer Taylor told them to get down.
With the assistance of Greenbrier Police no one was injured and the suspect, now identified as 21-year-old Tylor Sabastian Patterson of Springfield, was in custody facing a myriad of charges that include, Criminal Attempt to commit 2nd Degree Murder, 5 counts of Aggravated Assault, Felony Reckless Endangerment, Evading Arrest and Theft Of Property, Over $10,000. Patterson was transported to the Robertson County Detention Facility in Springfield under a $707,500 bond.
According to police, the residents of the home alleged that Patterson had taken medications and guns while visiting with friends in the home.
After Patterson was taken into custody the search was on for the weapon (a pistol) and rounds fired. Both Springfield and Hendersonville K9 units, as well as the ATF were brought in to assist with the search. The ATF searched the area from about 10 am until about 4 pm the next day but no weapon was recovered. Police believe that Patterson may have tossed the gun into a pond before he was captured.
Patterson, who Police believe was intoxicated at the time of his arrest, is alleged to have taken five guns total from the home, 4 were recovered, one is still missing possibly still in the wooded area but with three k9 units and hours of searching the gun is not likely in plain view.
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