Blue Alert: Manhunt underway in Tennessee for suspect who shot police officer during a pursuit

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HENDERSONVILLE, TN – An extensive manhunt is underway for an armed suspect who police say shot a police officer during a pursuit on the night of Monday, June 27, 2022.

According to Fox5Atlanta, the suspect has been identified as 34-year-old Samuel Quinton Edwards, and he is wanted for attempted criminal homicide and evading arrest.

Newschannel 5 reports that the incident began at approximately 8pm Monday night, when a Henderson police officer was behind a black van on Vietnam Veterans Parkway.

The officer ran the plates, which did not match the description of the vehicle.

The officer then proceeded to attempt a traffic stop, but the van, driven by Edwards, fled the scene.

Don Aaron, spokesperson for the Metro Nashville Police Department, told reporters:

“The pursuit traveled from Vietnam Veterans Parkway, down the interstate and off here at Old Hickory Boulevard in Davidson County. 

“According to the Hendersonville officer, the suspect was firing shots almost immediately after the pursuit began, back at his police vehicle.”

Aaron also reported that Edwards was armed with “at least two long guns.”

The police vehicle has a bullet hole in the driver’s side window, and the officer was wounded.  He is in “non-critical condition” and being treated at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Aaron further related that Edwards continued to drive the van away after the shooting, then later abandoned it.

Nearby, a homeowner left his keys in his pickup truck, went inside his home, then returned outside to find his truck missing.

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It is thought that Edwards stole that pickup truck, which is described as a:

“white 2009 Chevy Silverado with multiple dents, a missing front grill, and damage to the front bumper.”

The Tennessee license plate reads 88F-W55.

According to Aaron, law enforcement officers have “blanketed” the area of the shooting and probable pickup theft, with air and ground support.  

Edwards has not been seen since an image of him holding two rifles was captured on a Ring video camera during the search.

A Facebook post from the City of Millersville Police Department includes a description of Edwards as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’11”, 160 pounds, “armed and extremely dangerous.”

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI)  has issued a Blue Alert for Edwards, which underscores the seriousness of the situation.

According to the TBI’s website, a Blue Alert utilizes the AMBER alert system infrastructure to disseminate information quickly and widely to citizens about a violent criminal, and emails law enforcement and media the critical details about the suspect.

Certain criteria must be met for a Blue Alert, including the following:

“(1) A sworn law enforcement officer is killed, sustains life threatening injuries or the officer is missing in the line of duty under circumstances warranting concern for the law enforcement officer’s safety and; 

“(2) The suspect(s) pose(s) an imminent threat to public safety and law enforcement personnel and; 

“(3) A description of the offender or vehicle is available for statewide broadcast to the public and law enforcement 911 centers.”

Anyone with information on Edwards or the missing pickup truck is asked to call 911 or contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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Blue Alert: Phoenix police launch manhunt for man who gunned down cop, PD asks media to have some respect

Originally published April 15, 2022

PHOENIX, AZ – The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a Blue Alert late Thursday afternoon for 35-year-old Nicholas Cody Cowen.

He is 6’0″ tall, has hazel eyes, brown hair, numerous tattoos on his arms, neck, chest and back. He was last seen a black t-shirt and hat and black shorts. He was also driving a light blue 2012 Toyota Prius.

That vehicle has been recovered.

Cowan is still on the run. Police advise that he is armed and dangerous. They have asked the public not to approach him if spotted.

He is wanted for the attempted murder of a Phoenix police officer.

It all started around 10:30 Thursday morning when police responded to a domestic violence call at a gas station. A woman met the officers there. She left her home to speak with them out of fear that their presence at her residence might lead to a confrontation, as reported by AZ Central.

While speaking with the woman, a man believed to have been in a romantic relationship with the woman pulled into the parking lot and opening fire from his vehicle.

One officer was struck. Another returned fire as the man drove away.

Witnesses told Fox 10 that they saw an officer jump on another to provide cover.

The officer, identified by the department as a 24-year veteran of the PPD, was rushed to a nearby hospital. She was taken into surgery for her injuries and was in stable condition. Her husband is also a Phoenix police officer.

“They took an ambulance out, down the street that way, with about four or five police cars following the ambulance,” said Gene Onstein.

Standing outside HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, Chief of Police Jeri Williams addressed the media.

“Here I am once again standing before you, delivering this type of news outside of a hospital. I’m angry, I’m tired and I’m frustrated. 

I can tell you this about the officer. She’s a wife, she’s a mom, she’s a dedicated public servant. We are very hopeful and prayerful that she will pull through just fine. So, please keep all of our officers in your thoughts and prayers, as well as the dispatchers who take those dangerous calls for service.”

The president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, Michael Landon, issued a statement.

“The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association is saddened by the shooting of a Phoenix Police Officer today. The officer is an incredible asset to the department and one of our best public safety leaders who is committed to serving and protecting our community.

The men and women of the Phoenix Police Department are selfless and brave community servants who go above and beyond each day, risking their lives to keep our neighborhoods safe. We thank each of them for continued service during these challenging times.

This is a difficult day for our brothers and sisters in law enforcement, and we will continue to keep the officer and their family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Cowan has a lengthy criminal record. It was uncovered and reported by Fox 10 Phoenix.  According to the local affiliate:

“Cowan served prison time from 2006 to 2010, having been convicted of multiple charges that include aggravated DUI, aggravated assault, and misconduct related to weapons.

In 2010, Cowan was arrested for and convicted for having drug paraphernalia in Maricopa County.

Cowan has recently served time in a federal prison. According to records, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin in 2018.

Initially, he was one of 15 defendants indicted in 2017. Federal court documents reveal Cowan’s attorney asked for his client to be given probation and be placed in a drug treatment program. The attorney cited a mental health history of schizophrenia.

Cowan completed an 18-month prison sentence by May 2020 and was on a 36-month supervised released when he was arrested by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office. Court records state he manufactured and distributed drugs, endangered a child with drug manufacturing equipment, and threatened a DCS worker.

In May 2021, a judge ordered Cowan to be remanded to custody with the Bureau of Prisons, but it is unknown how long had been out of prison up until now.

We have also learned from the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office that Cowan has two open cases being prosecuted. He had appeared in court on April 11, and a trial was set for October. Now he is on the run from Phoenix police.”

As the search for the violent repeat offender continues, Phoenix police issued the following tweet.

“ATTENTION MEDIA IN HELICOPTERS please film a wide shot. Do not film officers on the ground conducting the search”

Many responded to the tweet with absolutely no clue as to why the request was made.

“If cops aren’t doing anything wrong, then who cares who films what?” tweeted Kourtney Fiorucci. “Are helicopters interfering with the investigation in some way? It makes me laugh when boards of retired cops get all pissed off about independent review. If there’s nothing to hide then let the people review.”

Luckily, people with an understanding of the situation were able to handle the responses.

While they provided numerous reasons for the request, the two primary ideas centered around officer and public safety as well has not providing the suspect any intel, should he be watching local news coverage.

A FOX News story from last week revealed that there has been at 101 confirmed shootings of law enforcement officials in 2022. That number is continuing to climb as criminals wage an all-out assault on members of the law enforcement community.

And as is too often the case, officers are being gunned down by individuals with lengthy criminal records who often times should not be on the streets to begin with.

This is an ongoing and developing story. We will provide updates as they become available.

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