Accused Nashville cop shooter has history of crime in Tennessee

Paul Hardesty: (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – One day before Paul Hardesty reportedly shot a Metro-Nashville police officer, he is accused of threatening to kill a 61-year-old woman in White House.

A man, now identified as Hardesty, followed the woman into a gas station armed with a silver pistol.

The clerk was shocked but remained remarkably calm, even as the alarm sounded and Hardesty became more and more agitated.

He’s heard saying on surveillance, “Lady, I will kill you. Look outside? Are the cops coming? I will shoot you if they do.”

After several minutes, the clerk was allowed to leave and Hardesty escaped.

Chief Pat Brady with White House police said, “She did a fantastic job. This really could have gone sideways.”

The chief told News 2 his department got a tip the next day that Hardesty was in motel room No. 104 at the Cumberland Inn. About that same time, Metro police got a similar call.

Before White House detectives could get to the scene, Hardesty fired shots at Metro police, injuring one in the shoulder, and took his own life.

“We verified our suspect. We spoke to family members and to victims and recovered clothing and items that tied him to the robbery,” Chief Brady said. “There’s no question this is our guy.”

News 2 was also told Hardesty was positively identified as the armed robber who robbed four Domino’s pizza employees this past June.

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