We might forget, in the midst of all the “defund the police” chanting and derogatory graffiti, policing is a dangerous and necessary job.
Most police officers are not corrupt, they are not sadistic and they are not in their job to lord their power over you. They are there, as it is said, to “serve and protect.”
Metro Nashville police officer Josh Baker was doing that job when he was shot and critically wounded the body after a gunshot occurred at a traffic stop Friday morning in Tennessee. The woman who shot him died after being hit by a gunshot and crashed into the car as it tried to escape the scene.
According to Tennesseean, Baker was patrolling around 9 a.m. Friday when he saw a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro registered with a man wanted on six remaining drug warrants.
STATEMENT: MNPD East Precinct Officer Josh Baker is in critical condition after being shot at 9:33 a.m. this morning in the parking lot of Dollar General @ Brick Church Pk & Ewing Dr. A 21-year-old woman was also shot and critical condition is under investigation. pic.twitter.com/Hr4qOaTX2N
– Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) March 12, 2021
The woman driving the vehicle – identified as 31 -year -old Nika Nicole Holbert – did not have a license, Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron said, according to the Tennessean.
The stop initially proceeded as work and Holbert followed Baker’s instructions.
Sa video shot from Baker’s patrol car and body cam, Baker told Holbert to stop looking at his bag and hand it over.
“Listen,” he heard Holbert say. “Just come back here. I think we are walking on the wrong foot. ”
Holbert said he was confused as to why he was pulled. When Baker searched his bag, he found what looked like marijuana and a white powdered substance.
Holbert appeared to call his mother and asked to visit her. Baker left to put the alleged drug in the police car. Things took a turn, however, when he tried to stop her.
Holbert ran, prompting Baker to pull out his stun gun and warn him to “decide.” When he got in the car, he used the stun gun on her – and then was seen backing away and telling Holbert to “drop the gun.”
The two exchanged gunfire, with Baker being hit in the body. Holbert threw the gun into the bushes and attempted to drive away, though he crashed it into a ditch shortly after, the Tennessean reported.
He was pronounced dead at Nashville’s Skyline Medical Center, the Tennessean reported.
It is unclear whether the cause of death was from a gunshot wound, fall or some combination of factors.
Meanwhile, Baker was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was first listed in critical condition, according to WZTV-TV.
He was listed in stable condition Friday night after undergoing surgery, the Tennessean reported.
The hunt The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations as well as Metro Nashville Community Oversight are investigating to see if Baker is following police policies.
However, footage from both Baker’s body cam and dash cam – as well as the fact that he was shot – seems to indicate that the force was justified.
WARNING: The following videos contain excessive graphic violence that may offend some viewers.
Here is the video released by the Metro Nashville Police Department.
Baker is a 14 -year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department. His father was a former commander of the precinct where he currently works.
Holbert, meanwhile, has a history of run-ins with the law, though none of the violent felonies.
A criminal history released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation that stretches from 2008 to 2017, most misdemeanors and most involve drug charges or driving without a valid license.
His last contact with the police was a public charge from the year 2017.
Meanwhile, Baker’s preacher described the officer as “[j]ust a really good man. “
“We are very sad,” said Johnny Trail of Hillcrest Church of Christ in Springfield WKRN-TV.
In a statement, Nashville Mayor John Cooper offered his support to Officer Baker.
“What happened today is a reminder that being a police officer anywhere can be a dangerous job,” Cooper said. “My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Baker and the families of everyone involved.”
One expects this vivid description of how a seemingly routine stop can be violent in seconds reminding people of the dangers of the job long after this case has left the headlines.
This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.
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