Xavier McDonald, 16

Nashboro Village, Tennessee
December 15, 2014

Agencies: Metro Nashville Police Department Tennessee

Cause of death: Shooting

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Last updated: about 6 years ago


One officer was seriously wounded in Sunday evening's shooting, which began with a report of a robbery in south Nashville.

Sgt. Michelle Jones knew some of the people in a nearby apartment where police believed the robbers had fled, Aaron said. The officers were given permission to enter and found the victim's debit card inside.

McDonald had locked himself in a bathroom. Jones spoke to him and at one point he came out. Jones thought he was going to surrender, Aaron said. But when Jones went to pat him down, she felt the gun. An officer tried to stun McDonald, but for unknown reasons, it didn't work. That's when police say McDonald opened fire, hitting officer John Downs, 42, in the leg.

Four other officers shot back, killing McDonald. They have been put on administrative duty while the shooting is investigated, which is routine.