Woman Wielding a Pick Axe Critically Wounded After Confrontation with Nashville Police

Mar 15, 2021 at 10:11 am by WGNS


In nearby Nashville, Metro Police Officers responded to a residence on Greer Road this past Friday where a reportedly suicidal woman, Melissa Wooden, had made statements that she wanted police to shoot her.

Three Madison Precinct Officers arrived at the location and were awaiting backup when they encountered Wooden in the front lawn near the road. The 33-year-old woman was armed with a pick axe and baseball bat. Efforts at dialogue with Wooden were unsuccessful. Officer Ben Williams deployed his Taser which appeared to have no impact. Wooden allegedly charged the officers with the pick axe and baseball bat. Officer Brandon Lopez fired on her in defense of himself and the other two officers.

Wooden was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she is in critical, but stable condition.

Officers Lopez and Thomas Denenea joined the department in August 2019. Officer Williams is a four-year veteran. They have been placed on routine administrative assignment while the TBI leads the investigation into this police-involved shooting.

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