NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A suspect opened fire on Metro police Wednesday afternoon as officers were investigating the sale of crystal meth.
Metro police were serving a search warrant for 26-year-old Matthew McKervey’s apartment in the 1200 block of Hawkins Street.
The warrant came after one pound of crystal meth, valued between $18,000 and $20,000, was obtained from the residence Tuesday night.
When detectives arrived to the apartment Wednesday, they noticed surveillance cameras in a window. They knocked loudly as they announced themselves but eventually forced their way inside after there was no answer.
As the officers entered the apartment, McKervey opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol.
Two narcotic detectives returned fire, striking McKervey in the upper arm. The officers were identified as Detective Gweba Mustapha, a 6-year veteran, and Sgt. Gene Donegan, 29-year veteran.
McKervey was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment where he was listed in stable condition Thursday.
Once released from the hospital, he will be charged with three counts of aggravated assault for shooting at police officers, conspiracy to distribute more than one pound of crystal meth, possession of crystal meth for resale, possession of heroin for resale, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of crystal meth in a drug-free zone.
When detectives ultimately executed the search warrant on McKervey’s home, they seized 111 grams of crystal meth, 105 grams of heroin, balloons, small jewelry bags, used syringes, two pistols, $4,000 in cash, and multiple hidden compartments.
Two other men were also arrested late Wednesday night. Daniel Alcala, 28, and David Becera-Ruiz, 40, are both charged with conspiring with McKervey to distribute crystal meth in Nashville. They’re accused of transporting the meth to McKervey from out of state.
Both men are jailed in lieu of $200,000 bond each.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in two days. Just Tuesday, two drug suspects were injured by Metro police after they allegedly rammed their car into officer vehicles.