VIDEO: Gunman Opens Fire On Officers With His 3 Kids In Car

La Vergne Police Lieutenant Chris Goins dove headfirst out of his patrol vehicle as the suspect opened fire.

La Vergne, TN – A gunman with three young children in his vehicle opened fire on police during a multi-county pursuit on July 8, forcing an officer to dive out of his patrol vehicle to avoid being struck by gunfire (video below).

Police had no idea that the suspect had his three children – ages three, two, and nine months – in the back seat at the time of the chase, WTVF reported.

The incident began in Smyrna, when 21-year-old Darrien Williams fired a gun inside his apartment during a domestic dispute just after 11 a.m., according to The Tennessean.

The bullet traveled through the floor and into the apartment below his, police said.

Williams took off from the scene in a vehicle, leading Smyrna police on a chase towards La Vergne.

He also refused to stop for La Vergne officers, and the pursuit continued through the southeastern and eastern sections of Davidson County.

Williams crossed into oncoming traffic on multiple occasions during the chase, WTVF reported.

As the suspect closed in on the intersection of Castlegate Drive and Smith Springs Road, La Vergne Police Lieutenant Chris Goins managed to force him off of the road and into some nearby shrubbery using his patrol vehicle.

The impact spun the suspect’s vehicle 180 degrees, and it came to rest positioned nose-to-nose with the patrol SUV, dashcam footage showed.

Williams immediately opened fire at Lt. Goins through his windshield, but the lieutenant avoided being hit by diving headfirst out his driver’s side door.

He then made his way around the rear portion of the patrol SUV, and returned fire as Williams took off on foot.

Investigators then realized that he abandoned his three children, who were still inside the car.

The children were uninjured during the chase, the collision, and the subsequent shootout, WTVF reported.

Metro Nashville SWAT and K9 units joined up with La Vergne police and apprehended Williams at a residence on Alicia Lane at approximately 2 p.m., according to The Tennessean.

He has been charged with felony evading arrest, three counts of child endangerment, and attempted murder of a police officer, and is also facing additional charges out of Rutherford County, WTVF reported.

You can watch dashcam footage of Lt. Goins’ encounter with Williams in the video below:

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bryantrent
bryantrent

The guy was a loser

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Suspect...?? a real talented Baboon that escaped from the circus.

TXbird-mom
TXbird-mom

Here's another a**hole that's going to sue the police for him putting his children in harm's way. I'm so sick of this sh*t.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I hope black lives matter and Al Sharpton get out and talk about responsible parenting to their minions but I suspect they will somehow twist this to blame the police.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

If black lives mattered , why are so many blacks killed by other blacks ?? Why are so many blacks robbed, raped etc etc, by their brothers ?

stooge819
stooge819

My usual sarcasm aside... Just witness the level of chaos and danger this person created through his actions. Scientists speak of the Butterfly Effect. This was more like a vulture, flapping his wings, creating enough turbulence to disturb the whole world and the lives of his own children. That's quite a culture, there.

Stanracer
Stanracer

This ass needs a whole lot of jail time.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

What a POS!

nuccten
nuccten

BLM will probably nominate him for Father of the Year for trying to draw the evil policeman's gunfire away from his children.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

What a sorry POS!! To bad he wasn't shot and killed!! He's just another waste of oxygen!!

Saltypolicewife
Saltypolicewife

Not only should this suspect rot in jail so he doesn't get a chance to endanger or take anyone else's life..I would also personally sue him for racial profiling if I was this officer. Time to start turning the tables..

Manlius
Manlius

As most children develop attitudes and model behavior that mimics that of their parents (and most commonly a dominant father figure), tell me that the 2 and 3 year old’s minds haven’t just been patterned to believe that police are scary and bad because “...even my daddy had to shoot at them and run from them, so they must be feared and resisted.” This would be true regardless of whether he was abusive to them or not. It also holds true whether they’re black, white, brown or green with pink polka dots. Memory is strongly reinforced by heightened emotions, and you can bet those kids fears were at the top of Mt. Everest. They need to be in counseling like yesterday or the pattern will repeat years from now.

I can’t help but wonder exactly what was happening during the domestic that kicked this whole thing off....

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Black again shocked

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I would really like to see BLM chime in and protest against this guy. Or do they only show up when it’s black police officers arresting or shooting black criminals? Just by reading the heading I knew what kind of person it was. Why? Well I’m glad you asked. It goes a little something like this........ BECAUSE WE FUCKING READ ABOUT IT ALL THE FUCKING TIME!!!!! It’s called an educated guess or “hypothesis” Black people (the criminals, whiners, and police haters) if you’re mad because of that, then that should be a hint to STOP DOING STUPID SHIT!!! Don’t hate the messenger, everyone reads the stories on here. Neither I or anyone on this site made him do what he did, so if you want to be mad, hate, or grumble, do it to this guy who did what he did, WITH his kids in the car. Know who and what to blame rather than the one in front of you because it’s “convenient.” He probably would've passed on his hatred towards police to his kids.

alicefae
alicefae

Fine fellow! He no doubt thought since he’s black, he can get away with it. His abused spouse will likely be suing the cops for endangering her children.