Passing Motorist Opens Fire On Trooper Out Conducting Traffic Stop
Loudon County, TN – A motorist in a passing vehicle opened fire on a Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) trooper as he was conducting a traffic stop last Saturday.
The harrowing attack occurred at mile marker 75 on Interstate 75, THP spokesperson Randall Martin told reporters, according to WBIR.
The gunman fired “what appears to be two rounds” at the trooper from the passing vehicle, WYMT reported.
“The trooper nor the occupants in the traffic stop were injured,” Martin said.
The trooper jumped back into his patrol vehicle and chased after the fleeing shooter as multiple other officers joined in the pursuit, WBIR reported.
The suspect was stopped approximately two miles down the interstate, according to WYMT.
A felony stop was conducted, and the male driver and female passenger were both taken into custody without further incident.
A firearm was recovered from inside the suspects’ vehicle.
Their identities and a potential motive behind the brazen attack have not been released.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Martin said.
On Jan. 31, two gunmen opened fire on a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office (SCCSO) deputy as he was standing on the side of a rural road in Morgan Hill, California.
Moments later, he spotted an older-model, silver Honda Accord approaching him, but the driver shut off the car’s headlights as he and a male passenger got closer, KNTV reported.
The gunmen abruptly opened fire, shooting Deputy Gill squarely in his chest, according to The Mercury News.
The bullet impacted the deputy’s bodycam, and he was also wearing a ballistic vest.
Several rounds also struck his patrol vehicle.
Deputy Gill immediately fired two rounds at the shooters as they sped away from the scene.
Investigators said the attackers fired at least four times during the encounter, The Mercury News reported.
“This was an ambush,” Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith said on Monday, according to KNTV. “Based on the evidence, it was an unprovoked attack on our deputy, and our suspects are wanted for premeditated attempted murder of a law enforcement officer."
Deputy Gill was treated and released for his non-life threatening injuries.
Police are still searching for the gunmen who ambushed Deputy Gill.