TBI: Nashville firefighter shot by deputies in Cheatham County

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ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (WRKN) – A firefighter with the Nashville Fire Department was shot by deputies in Cheatham County Monday night.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the Ashland City shooting that happened shortly before 9 p.m.

Deputies were reportedly dispatched after receiving a call that a woman was nearly run off the road on Sams Creek Road.

When officers arrived, the TBI says they saw a vehicle backing out of a driveway near where the call was reported and initiated a traffic stop in the driveway to determine if that car was involved.

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(Photo: WKRN)

According to a press release, Charles Holland came out of the home with a long gun and began walking toward the driveway where the stop was taking place.

The TBI says deputies fired at the 44-year-old at some point during the encounter.

TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland said, “An individual came from the back of the house where the driveway is with a gun and approached the scene. At some point in the encounter with deputies, the deputies fired at him, striking him.”

She continued, “According to multiple law enforcement sources, the firefighter had numerous opportunities to comply with law enforcement demands to put down the weapon, to stop, and for some reason he reportedly did not.”

Holland was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

His father Jim told News 2 that deputies arrived as his son was helping a woman in his driveway. He said his son was acting as a “good Samaritan” at the time, but he did not wish to discuss the situation any further.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Neighbor Vivan Bell said she heard at least five shots and described the moments to News 2.

“I kept hearing something that sounded like puppies crying,” explained Bell. “The next thing I know, I saw the blue lights reflecting over here. I was afraid to open the front door, but I went ahead and opened it anyway and there was somebody laying on the ground out there.”

No law enforcement officers were injured. The investigation remains active and ongoing.

News 2 learned Holland is not only a father and husband but has been a Metro firefighter for the last 15 years, according to the department’s spokesman.

“The family has asked we pray for Chuck and the family. Chuck is a great firefighter, on the job 15 years, working up through the ranks as an engineer,” said Mark Young, the president of the fire department’s union.

According to his personnel file, Holland receives predominantly exemplary and commendable reviews each year as a firefighter.

Holland is also a non-faculty assistant wrestling coach at Harpeth Middle and High schools. He’s coached there since 2009.

His father Jim told News 2 that deputies arrived as his son was helping a woman in his driveway. He said his son was acting as a “good Samaritan” at the time, but he did not wish to discuss the situation any further.

Holland was released from the hospital several days after he was admitted, but does not yet face charges.