Hero Down: Nashville Police Officer John Anderson Killed By Fleeing Motorist

Metro Nashville Police Department Officer John Anderson died in a fiery collision on Independence Day.

Nashville, TN – Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) Officer John Anderson was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, when a fleeing suspect crashed into his patrol vehicle.

Officer Anderson, 28, was on his way to an unrelated call when the fatal collision occurred, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

The incident began at approximately 3 a.m., when a MNPD DUI officer spotted an oncoming Ford Fusion driving with its high beams on, WTVF reported.

The driver, later identified as 17-year-old Jayona Brown, failed to dim her lights for oncoming traffic, so the officer turned around and attempted to pull her over.

Brown slowed down momentarily, but refused to stop and hit the accelerator.

By that time, the officer determined that the vehicle wasn’t stolen, so he decided not to pursue Brown.

Meanwhile, Officer Anderson was on his way to help another officer who was dealing with a pedestrian on the interstate.

As he drove through the intersection of Woodland Street and Interstate Drive, Brown failed to yield and blew through the intersection, slamming into the officer’s driver’s side door.

The force of the impact sent the patrol vehicle into a spin before it crashed into a nearby utility pole and burst into flames.

The fire rapidly engulfed the patrol car, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Brown was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and has since been released, WTVF reported.

She was subsequently booked into a juvenile detention center on charges of driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, vehicular homicide, juvenile curfew violation, and aggravated assault.

An 18-year-old female passenger in Brown’s vehicle was transported to a different hospital with life-threatening injuries.

"Our hearts are very heavy this morning," MNPD Public Affairs Manager Don Aaron said during a press conference, according to WTVF. "Officer Anderson was a very well-liked individual amongst all officers who knew him."

Officer Anderson, a four-year veteran-of-the-force, was assigned to the Central Precinct, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Just 24 hours before his death, Officer Anderson helped rescue a trapped crash victim by smashing out the window of an overturned van, WZTV reported.

He and other officers then extracted the driver from the vehicle.

"It goes without saying that when we lose an officer...it's like losing a brother or sister,” Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson said. “And this goes for this department, and departments all over middle Tennessee."

"A very tragic way to start off what's supposed to be a very festive weekend," Chief Anderson continued, as he struggled to hold back tears. "Officer Anderson was a big part of the police department.”

Officer Anderson had chosen to work in the downtown area, which is one of the busiest areas in the city for law enforcement, the chief noted.

He was also a member of the Drill and Ceremony team and the Marine Corps Reserve, the Tennessean reported.

“Officer Anderson pledged his life to serve and protect us – a solemn duty that we can sometimes take for granted,” Nashville Mayor David Briley said in a statement to WZTV. “His death today is a stark reminder of that pledge, and his service to our city will be forever remembered.”

Briley commended local law enforcement for their dedication to protecting and serving the citizens of Nashville.

“Our officers are part of the fabric of this city, and I am eternally grateful for what they do every day, risking their lives to save others,” the mayor said. “I want to thank each of the brave men and women of our Metro Nashville Police Department. We should all be so lucky to have a police force like ours…My thoughts are with the family and friends of Officer John Anderson and our entire police force today."

Officer Anderson leaves behind his girlfriend and his son, who is approximately 18 months old, the Tennessean reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Metro Nashville Police Department Officer John Anderson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Comments (34)
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Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

RIP, Brother. Semper Fi!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Actions have consequences. Why this girl decided to run from the police is unknown but now a family is left to deal with the aftermath of her terrible decision. My prayers go out to them.

misscrickett1951
misscrickett1951

My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his fiancee and their young son who will never know his father. May God have mercy on this teenager who selfishly has taken a hero's life with her insane actions. Rest in peace sir...

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

Jailkeeper
Jailkeeper

RIP Officer Anderson.

Dra71
Dra71

17 years old and already had a suspended license??? She should be charged as an adult. But that POS is not important. Rest In Peace Officer Anderson. Deepest condolences to your family and your Brothers and Sisters in Law Enforcement.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

The one thing that really bothers me about this story is the DUI officer deciding not to pursue once he saw the car was not stolen. He was willing to pull her over for not dimming her lights, but once she escalated the crime by running (a sure sign the car needed to be stopped) he decides to let her get away with whatever made her run from the cops. Had he maintained the pursuit, his flashing lights may have saved the other officer by warning him of the impending collision.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

"By that time, the officer determined that the vehicle wasn’t stolen, so he decided not to pursue Brown."

How far away was he from the unnamed officer away from Brown when the fiery crash occurred? Less than a quarter mile? Roll dashcam.

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

3A.M. ...17 years old...charge her as an adult ! She murdered an LEO and maybe her 18 year old passenger(life threatening injuries).She had choices and didn't choose the right one,smh. RIP Officer Anderson..🇺🇸👣🇺🇸

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

I'm gonna say what other people think - why wasn't it Brown who was killed? She's worthless.

vwiles34
vwiles34

Why had this girls parents allowed her to be driving in the first place if she had a suspended license? Maybe she'll stop now that she's killed, someone.

NFPD103
NFPD103

RIP Sir Memory eternal

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF??? 17yo and her license was already suspended?? With a name like Jayona, I'm guessing she's a 13%er!! Her passenger's name is Antona. Bingo!! We have a winner!! Yes, please charge this heathen as an adult and throw the book at her!!!

Cops kid
Cops kid

The Nashville metro holds a special place in my heart after the assistance I was given at my 2012 crash that involved a fatality. I'll keep you men in my prayers and thoughts for the rest of eternity. I'm weeping for your family officer Anderson.... Thank you for your commitment and service, rest well

SaltySarge450
SaltySarge450

FYI.....we will have John’s funeral on Monday, July 8th here in Nashville, TN.

The funeral will take place Monday, July 8 at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church, located at 726 W. Old Hickory Blvd in Madison.

Visitation will be Monday at the church from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I hope there is now sympathy for this criminal just because she's 17.....she knew exactly what she was doing and killed a police officer for her being so stupid...LOCK HER UP FOR A LONG TIME!!!!

Katt5
Katt5

His funeral was on our local channel. I watched and cried for 2 1/2 hrs. The tributes given to him showed him to be an amazing man at only 26. His bonus son, Liam, and his biological son are going to be very lost without him.