Robertson County sheriff talks about deputy after 100 Oaks attack

Deputies Josh Wiley and Tomisha Jones (Courtesy: Robertson County Sheriff’s Office)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than a week has passed since a Robertson County sheriff’s deputy was injured in a violent Nashville attack.

Deputies Josh Wiley and Tomisha Jones were transporting inmate Rodney Cole to a doctor’s visit at the Vanderbilt Health 100 Oaks campus when police say the inmate attacked Deputy Wiley.

Wiley remains at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the intensive care unit where he may have to undergo more surgeries.

Robertson County Sheriff Bill Holt said that Deputy Wiley is “an extremely strong individual.”

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Sheriff Holt added, “He’s going to survive all of this, and he’s going to be well. However, because of the seriousness, it’s going to be a long healing process.”

The Sheriff credits Metro and Berry Hill police officers who were first on the scene for saving Wiley’s life.

Metro Officer Lee Davis applied a tourniquet to Deputy Wiley’s leg to stop him from bleeding out. Officer Ron Black also assisted in treatment, while Lieutenant Johnny Melzoni spoke to the deputy, calming and reassuring while they waited for paramedics.

“It’s so humbling to have that happen,” said Sheriff Holt. “I’ve had the good fortune to talk and meet with those men. The outpouring of Metro Police Department, the Emergency Management Service, and certainly Vanderbilt University Hospital, there are not enough words in the dictionary to explain our feelings.”

Metro Police say the investigation into the attack is ongoing. At some point, MNPD plans to release the findings of their investigation.