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Nashville Blue Alert declared after two warnings issued in 24 hours over shooting

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) this week issued two blue alerts over two separate shootings of law enforcement officers. WCMV reports.

The alarms were activated following the shooting of a Hendersonville officer and an Erin PD officer.

What does blue alert mean and when is it activated?

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What is a blue alert?

A blue alert goes off when law enforcement needs to immediately release information to the public asking for their assistance in “catching violent criminals.” Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Conditions.

The alert is issued when a police officer is killed or seriously injured on duty, or goes missing because foul play is suspected. Descriptions of suspects and their vehicles are made available to national media, the public and law enforcement emergency response centers as appropriate. WCMV reports.

TBI stated, “When TBI receives a request from a law enforcement agency that a death or serious injury to a law enforcement officer has occurred, administrators will ensure that the blue alert criteria are met and then proceed to issue the alert away.”

Nashville warning after a police officer shot

A man wanted by police has died after shooting at a Hendersonville police officer. The Tennessee reports.

The 34-year-old man, Samuel Quinton Edwards, shot and killed the police officer during a chase in Madison on Monday, June 27. The officer sustained non-critical wounds, according to Metro Nashville PD (MNPD).

According to police, Edwards shot the officer’s SUV before exiting a van and fleeing the scene on foot, armed with two weapons.

Another blue alert was activated after an Erin PD officer was shot. WCMV reports. As the outlet reports, the man was wanted by the police in connection with the death of a woman. Law enforcement said they believe the suspect may be the same person who shot the Erin police officer.

Both blue alerts have been shared TBI’s official Twitter profile and a cell phone alert was also sent to the public.

However, Edwards died after exchanging gunfire with Kentucky State Police in Louisville, officials told The Tennessean. The MNPD reported that Edwards was dead just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Tennessee Edwards was reportedly out on bail and facing more than a dozen charges in Putnam County following a previous shooting incident on June 14, records showed.

Metro Nashville PD Statement

Shortly after the blue alert about the shooting of the Hendersonville police officer went public, the MNPD came forward with a statement.

Spokesman Don Aaron said, “The pursuit proceeded from the Vietnam Veterans Parkway, down the interstate and off Old Hickory Boulevard in Davidson County.

“According to the Hendersonville officer, the suspect fired shots at his police vehicle almost immediately after the pursuit began.”

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