NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Metro police officer stabbed a homeless man in the leg Friday morning after the man attempted to reach for his gun in the bathroom of a well-known Nashville bakery.
Police spokesperson Don Aaron told Nashville's News 2 Officer Marty Crowder entered Provence Breads and Cafe located on the corner of Church Street and Sixth Avenue downtown around 10 a.m. to use the restroom.
Aaron described the bathroom as "small" with only one urinal and one stall.
As Crowder was using the urinal, Aaron said the homeless man, identified as 43-year-old James Collier, entered the restroom, locked the door behind him and cornered the officer.
Crowder asked the man to step back but he refused.
Moments later, Collier reached for Crowder's department-issued gun and a scuffle ensued. Officer Crowder pulled out a knife from his vest and stabbed the man in upper thigh in an attempt to protect his weapon...
Both Collier and the officer were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center...
Well done by the officer in winning the struggle.
When I worked as a police officer in uniform, where possible, I carefully selected my restroom stops.
I tried to limit it to agency facilities like booking, the station, or the city's gas facility; as well as a kind overnight employee at the local convenience store (named "Floyd" if anyone remembers he was the topic of a guest post entitled Failing Floyd: A Life Lesson I wrote over at Raindog Blue's blog last year) would let me use the company's bathroom--which was for one person and locked.
It is stories like this one that support an officer's paranoid little voice that is constantly telling him or her to be suspicious of anything and everything.
As such, they are prepared when a pit-stop transforms into a life-and-death struggle.
I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend.