'I'm shot': BWC shows Tenn. officer getting shot in the ribs while pursuing suspect
Officer Coble was hit in the ribs after an exchange of gunfire with the suspect
By Sarah Roebuck
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An officer with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is in the hospital after a suspect shot him near an airport, WTVF reports.
The shooting happened Thursday afternoon and body-worn camera footage of the incident was released late Thursday night. Officer Donovan Coble was responding to a call when he saw a man trying to break into cars. As the man attempted to hop a fence, Coble ordered him to stop. That's when the suspect shot at Coble, hitting him in the side, police said.
In the video, as Coble and the suspect ran through some yards, Coble noticed the suspect had a gun.
"Drop that gun!" Coble can be heard on the video.
After a quick exchange of gunfire with the suspect, the video shows Coble getting hit and getting up off the ground.
"I'm hit, I'm hit, I'm hit," Coble said as he ran for help.
When Coble got into a patrol vehicle, someone over the radio asked him where he was hit.
"Hit in the ribs," he responds.
Coble was taken to the hospital for surgery in critical condition, but police said he is expected to survive.
The 33-year-old officer has been with the department for four years.
"We are thankful he is going to be OK. The call came in and he was wounded in the abdomen area," Chief John Drake told WTVF. "He had a lung that had to be re-inflated. His wife and mom are with him now. It's an open investigation. We did find a weapon near the scene. We are looking to see if there are more. We take care of our people. He does have kids. They are one-year-old twins and they are in a safe spot."
After Coble was shot, a SWAT team swarmed the area to search for the shooter. Police said SWAT members found the suspect in a brush pile, where the suspect exchanged gunfire with the SWAT team.
The suspect was wounded and no other officers were hurt. Police identified the suspect as 37-year-old Delama Casimir. He died later Thursday at the hospital.