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A Metro Police officer shot on an East Nashville street in broad daylight.
Flex officer Faye Denson is recovering at home tonight while the suspected shooter remains at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
More than one hundred Metro Police officers came to visit their wounded comrade here at Vanderbilt today.
Some stopping by just to say hello- others bringing food for the family...
They say making visits like this are a sobering reality of the dangers they face on the job.
It wasn't long after the call that Metro Police cars began to rush to Vanderbilt Medical Center...
Not to fight a crime but to support one of their own...
Sgt. Mikell Wiggs says, “You've had officers that got the news bleep on the bottom of the screen said an officer was shot they get in their vehicles and head to Vanderbilt.”
Victim’s sister, Dianne Denson says, “It's one of the reasons why she joined the force because she knew that the camaraderie between the officers was there and even though she is in the field where there is high risk she has the support of other individuals.”
Around 10 this morning police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle at North 5th and Arrington Streets.
Officer Michelle Steidl approached the vehicle with a male, 18 year old Eric Perkins and female inside.
Police say after officer Steidl asked permission to search the vehicle Perkins said the Chevy Equinox was not his and began driving away.
A low speed chase followed.. Police say Perkins let the female passenger out before jumping out of the car himself in the Riverchase Apartment Complex armed with a pistol-
Officer Steidl called for backup and that is when officer Carroll Fondaw and officer Faye Denson showed up to catch the suspect as he entered an alley.
Sgt. Mikell Wiggs says, “The suspect came running by she and another officer jumped out of their vehicles to confront the suspect when the rounded the corner- the officers were shot at.”
Police say officer Denson was struck and fellow officer Fondaw shot back at Perkins hitting him in the chest.
Sgt. Wiggs says it's and a reminder that all officers are just one call away from being in the hospital.
Sgt. Wiggs says, “She'll be fine which very fortunate, very fortunate incident today is where she didn't get hurt worse.”
Denson was shot in the upper thigh - the bullet stopped before hitting the bone.
Again officer Denson has been released from Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Meanwhile the suspect Eric Perkins remains here in critical but stable condition.
Perkins does have a previous record of unlawful firearm possession, vehicle theft, drug possession and evading arrest.
Monday, November 5 2012, 06:57 PM CST
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Meteorologist Brittney Coleman with the NWS office in Nashville said high wind and hail are the major threats with the storm system. The slight probability of severe storms was extended Tuesday through the Tennessee River Valley.
NWS forecaster John Sirmon in the Memphis office said rain falling Tuesday morning in West Tennessee would help ensure the approaching heavier line of thunderstorms doesn't run into unstable air. The line is expected to move across the Mississippi River between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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