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Man Pleads Guilty In Metro Officer Shooting Case

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Man Pleads Guilty In Metro Officer Shooting Case

CREATED Jun 26, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man accused of shooting a Metropolitan Nashville Police officer during a 2012 foot chase has agreed to a plea deal.

During a hearing Wednesday morning, Eric Perkins pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted second degree murder, one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony, and evading arrest. As part of the plea, he must serve an effective 18-year sentence.

Police initially charged Perkins with two counts of attempted first degree murder in the incident. It all started when Perkins jumped out of a car to run away after an officer responded to a neighborhood complaint in east Nashville on November 5, 2012. The officer began pursuit, and radioed in for help after seeing Perkins with a gun.

Two other officers, Officer Faye Denson and Officer Carroll Fondaw, joined in on the chase and caught up with Perkins in an alley on Stockell Street, near Grace Street. Police said Perkins opened fire on them, and Officer Denson was shot once in the leg.

Officer Fondaw then opened fire on Perkins, who was hit at least once.

Officer Denson was treated and released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She suffered no permanent damage, but the bullet remains in her leg.

After the hearing Wednesday, NewsChannel 5 spoke with Officers Denson and Fondaw. Denson said she was relieved the case has finally come to an end.

“I’m glad that he’s off the streets. I’m glad that the DA gave us a good plea agreement for it. And I’m just happy with the whole situation,” Officer Denson stated.

Denson said it took about three to four months before she was able to return to work.

“I had to go through rehabilitation. I had to talk to a counselor. I had to do through a lot of other things to get back ready to come back to the police force,” she added. “It was some physical and mental work I had to do.”

Perkins was also treated for his injuries at Vanderbilt. He was booked into jail after being released from the hospital two days later.

At the time of the shooting, Perkins already had charges pending against him from an arrest earlier that year when he was 17. In that case, charges of unlawful firearm possession, vehicle theft, marijuana possession and evading arrest were transferred from Juvenile to Criminal Court.

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