MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – No officers were injured when a group of car burglars fired at them during a foot pursuit on West Street Monday morning. The individuals remain on the run.
Murfreesboro Police received a call around 4:57 a.m. for an abandoned vehicle parked on East Street with the doors open. While on the scene, officers received another call about reckless drivers on West Street. Officers encountered several underaged males in four vehicles who attempted to leave the area, according to police. Two cars wrecked, and multiple individuals took off running. The individuals fired several shots at officers as they chased them on foot. Authorities tell WGNS that no officers returned fire.
Eleven vehicles, including a dirt bike and an ATV, were recovered; all were reported stolen. Two stolen handguns were also recovered. The owners of the recovered vehicles were notified. Eight were able to pick up their vehicles and one was towed away. Two other stolen cars have yet to be found.
Three Murfreesboro City Schools, Hobgood Elementary, Bradley Academy and Reeve’s Rogers Elementary School, and two county schools, were put on a modified lockdown while police searched the area with a K9 on Monday. As of Monday evening, no arrests have been made.
Investigators say the cars were stolen from homes in the Southridge Blvd. and Weston Blvd. area. There were also multiple car break-ins in the same area. Police recovered some of the stolen property including a laptop. A stolen AR-15 and a handgun have yet to be recovered.
Anyone in the area who has home video or doorbell camera video footage is asked to send it to Sgt. Tommy Massey at firstname.lastname@example.org. The investigation is ongoing.
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