Davidson County, TN – Hendersonville Police Department (HPD) Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol was killed in the line of duty after he was struck by a vehicle while chasing a fleeing suspect on foot on Monday night.
The incident began shortly before 7:45 p.m., after Officer Bristol spotted 19-year-old Kevin Jordan, who was wanted on multiple warrants, WTVF reported.
Jordan refused to pull over and led Officer Bristol, 31, on a pursuit into Goodlettsville and onto Interstate 64, according to WSMV.
The fleeing suspect ultimately crashed into another vehicle at mile marker 95 near Vietnam Vets Parkway, at which point Jordan and his male passenger bailed out and took off on foot, WTVF reported.
Jordan was immediately apprehended, but the passenger ran across the interstate.
As Officer Bristol pursued him on foot, he was struck by a motorist. The distraught driver immediately stopped and tried to help the injured officer, WTVF reported.
Officer Bristol was rushed to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The second suspect has not been identified and remains on the loose.
Jordan has been arrested on charged of reckless endangerment, felony evading, and multiple traffic-related offenses, WTVF reported.
Prior to joining HPD in 2015, Officer Bristol served in the U.S. Navy from 2007 through 2012, according to WZTV.
"I never saw anyone who wanted to be a police officer as much as him," Hendersonville Police Chief Mickey Miller told WTVF. "He was very proactive and very much wanted to do the right thing for this city and take care of this city.”
He served on the HPD’s Flex team and was assigned to the patrol unit at the time of his death, WZTV reported.
"Spencer Bristol was an example of what an officer should be,” the chief said. “He loved his job and this police department grieves with his family over the loss of our brother.”
Chief Miller said that the loss of Officer Bristol marks the first HPD line-of-duty death in 20 years, according to WTVF.
“And this was too soon for it to happen again,” he said.
Officer Bristol leaves behind his wife, Lauren, their three-year-old daughter, and his parents, according to WZTV.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hendersonville Police Department Master Patrol Officer Spencer Bristol, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.