- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A Metro Nashville Police officer was shot late Tuesday after being ambushed in what officials are saying was a false active shooter call.

Officer Brian Sherman was shot in the upper left arm as he reported to a call of a woman shot inside her home after 6:10 p.m. A man called 911 saying his brother shot his mother and was still firing inside, according to MNPD spokesperson Don Aaron.

Mr. Sherman was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and his injuries appear to be non-life-threatening, but his immediate condition is unknown.

When Mr. Sherman and other offices attempted to enter the home from where the call was placed, they were fired on, Mr. Aaron said. The officers then retreated to safety and called for an ambulance to take Mr. Sherman to the hospital.

Police have identified the gunman as Salman Mohamed, 22. They say he came out of the home with a rifle and fatally shot himself in the head while officers were trying to negotiate with him. No officer had returned fire during the attack, according to a press release.

“It’s clear the phone call to the communications center about an active shooter, and that his mother had been shot, was a ruse. A setup to get police to the scene,” Mr. Aaron told reporters after the incident.

A motive for the shooting has not been established.

The attack comes one week after two officers were killed as the wave of violent attacks against police officers continues to rise.

Last week Delmar, Delaware, Police Department Cpl. Keith Heacook died after he was savagely beaten while responding to a call about a fight.

He died the same day a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy was killed after he was ambushed by a gunman while responding to a routine welfare check. Watauga County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Ward was hit by gunfire upon entering a home.

A second officer was shot during the attack.

Through the first four months of the year, 111 officers lost their lives in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. That is an 11% increase from 98 during the same period last year.

A total of 360 officers died in the line of duty last year, according to the fund, the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1974.

Of the officer deaths this year, three were attributed to direct assault, 17 to gunfire, one to stabbing and eight to vehicular assault, according to the fund.

Last year, one officer was killed from an assault, 45 by gunfire and 13 from vehicular assault, the fund said.

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