A Nashville man pled guilty to shooting a Metro police officer during a foot chase in 2012.
Officers initially encountered Eric Perkins on the morning of November 5, 2012 while checking out a complaint regarding a suspicious vehicle parked on Arrington Street.
Authorities said Perkins was sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and quickly drove away when police asked him to exit the car.
Perkins, armed with a gun, jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot as he approached an apartment complex.
Officers Faye Denson and Carroll Fondaw responded to the call and began following Perkins on foot at Stockell Street.
Perkins ran into an alley where he fired at Denson, striking her in the leg. Officer Fondaw fired back at Perkins, striking him in the neck.
Perkins was taken into custody after his release from an area hospital.
Officer Denson suffered no permanent damage, but the bullet remains in her leg.
Perkins pled guilty to attempted second-degree murder, possession of a weapon during commission of a dangerous felony and evading arrest.
He will serve 18 years in prison.
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