Son Of Nashville Police Chief Found Dead

( – Nashville Police Chief John Drake learned only days ago that his estranged son was the suspect in a local criminal investigation. Now, after learning that 38-year-old John Drake Jr. took his own life shortly into the manhunt, the dedicated lawman must bury his namesake.

Fox News reports that the chain of events leading to the younger Drake’s death began when he allegedly stole a car on Saturday, October 21. Two police officers investigating the theft found the vehicle outside a Dollar General store in La Vergne, Tennessee, according to the Daily Wire. The suspect reportedly shot at officers several times after a struggle ensued, and then he fled the scene in the stolen car. One officer was shot in their left shoulder, while the other was shot in their right forearm and groin. Both required hospital care for their injuries.

Police Chief Drake said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” over the incident, noting that he and his son hadn’t been on good terms for some time. The younger Drake had a rap sheet dating back to 2007, when he was convicted twice of domestic assault with bodily injury. The policeman’s son proceeded to pick up multiple other charges for violent crimes, including rape, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest, and went from there to become a career criminal.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) issued a statewide alert, sharing details on X, formerly Twitter. It noted that Drake was wanted on two counts of attempted murder and warned readers that the 38-year-old was likely armed and dangerous.

The TBI issued another notice on X three days later, when officers found Drake’s body following the sound of a single gunshot from inside a Nashville outbuilding. Police believe the suspect died from a self-inflicted wound, but officials have ordered an autopsy as part of their investigation.

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