Clarksville police ambushed while responding to suicide call

Damaged Clarksville patrol car
Clarksville Police were ambushed as they responded to a call of a suicidal man Thursday morning.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Officers with the Clarksville Police Department were ambushed while responding to a call of a suicidal man early Thursday morning.

Damaged Clarksville patrol car

Jared Ballis, 29, called 911 from the area of Parade Drive and Firebreak Drive around 1 a.m. and stated he was suicidal and would kill anyone who attempted to stop him.

As officers arrived on the scene, it appeared Ballis had strategically parked his vehicle in a location for an ambush. He fired at least two rounds that hit a patrol car.

Responding officers took cover and established a perimeter at the scene.

Ballis was found in the area with a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A .223 assault rifle and a 45 caliber pistol were found with Ballis’ body. The gunshot wound came from the assault rifle.

A 7.62mm SKS rifle was found in his vehicle.

Police said Ballis was previously in the Army.

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