Suspect shot, killed by Metro officer

Suspect shot, killed by Metro officer (Image 1)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A burglary suspect is dead and a Metro police officer on routine administration assignment after a shooting late Friday morning in the Edgehill area of Nashville.

Metro police spokesperson Don Aaron said police received a call at about 10:45 a.m. from Kyle Marion who was awoken by the sound of someone in his home on 14th Avenue South.

Upon arrival, police did not see anyone at the home but learned a large TV had been stolen.

After further investigation, K-9 officer Joe Shelton tracked a suspect to a home on nearby Villa Place, north of Edgehill Avenue, where he was hiding under a deck.

Shelton's K-9 approached the suspect and pulled him from under the deck but he took off running.

Officer Shelton and his dog pursued.

Aaron said there was a struggle and at some point, Shelton saw something silver on the suspect's person.

Not knowing what it was, and after repeated commands to the suspect to get down on ground, Shelton shot him.

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Reginald Dewayne Wallace, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Marion told News 2 said, “You hate to have anyone die as a result of something you're involved in, but I guess, in a way, it is comforting that they caught him.”

The silver object on him turned to be an iPod.  He was not armed, police said.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Aaron said a second person was taken into custody for questioning.

The TV stolen from Marion's home was recovered from a shed in the area.

Reginald Dewayne Wallace

Reginald Dewayne Wallace has a lengthy criminal history that includes three previous aggravated burglary convictions.

At the time of Friday's incident, he was on probation for a November 2009 aggravated burglary conviction in which he was sentenced to eight years.

Wallace was also convicted of aggravated robbery in 1991.

Metro police said Wallace has been arrested 31 times on 24 charges including resisting arrest, evading arrest and assault.

K-9 Officer Joe Shelter

Friday was not the first time Officer Shelton shot a suspect in the line of duty.

In March 2003, he was on patrol when he noticed a clerk inside a local Mapco convenience store standing with her hands raised.

Shelton approached the store and three suspects emerged.

As he attempted to stop the suspects, one of them, a 16-year-old male, pulled a gun.

Officer Shelton repeatedly asked the teen to drop his weapons but he refused.

Shelton fired his weapon, hitting and killing the suspect.

The two other suspects surrendered and were charged in the case.

Officer Shelton was eventually cleared.

Three months prior, Shelton and his K-9 were instrumental in apprehending a suspect who shot a fellow officer.

Police tracked the suspect to Benton County where Officer Shelton and his K-9 partner, Memphis, captured the shooter as he attempted to elude officers by swimming across a pond.

Officer Shelton is a 21-year veteran of the Metro Police Department.

He will remain on routine administration assignment through the duration of the investigation.

Second Metro officer-involved shooting

Friday's shooting is the second officer-involved shooting in as many days.

Thursday night, a Metro police officer shot a suspect after the suspect stabbed another police officer multiple times in Antioch.

The officer was not seriously injured and is expected to recover.

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