Chief Wayne Robinson of the Brentwood Tennessee Police Department has reported that Officer Stephen Arkell, 48, was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a domestic call on Mill Pond Road in Brentwood.

About 4:00 pm Monday afternoon, neighbors heard a loud argument at the home where Walter Nolan, 86, and his son, Michael, 47, lived.  They called 911 and officers soon arrived on the scene.

Officer Arkell was the first officer to enter the residence in responding to the call.  He was immediately shot with “rapid gun fire” as the neighbors looked on.  Other officers behind him were driven out of the house due to the continued gunfire.

As officers surrounded the house, the home erupted in flames that were presumably set by the shooting suspect, Michael Nolan.  The homeowner, Walter Nolan, was transported to a local hospital.  His condition is unknown.

The Nolan, the suspect, remained inside the house as it burned. About an hour after the fire started, the home exploded tearing the front walls and roof.  The house was completely destroyed within minutes. Authorities believe that Michael Nolan died in the fire.   The force of the explosion caused damage to adjacent homes.  The Brentwood Fire Department extinguished the fire without further damage being caused to surrounding houses.

Due to the nature of the fire and explosion, the FBI and the ATF are joining the investigation.  It is suspected that a cache of ammunition may have caused the explosion as continued “popping” was heard following the initial explosion.

Stephen Arkell served the Brentwood Police Department for 15 years as a part time officer and animal control officer.  He is survived by his wife and two teenaged daughters.

Officer Stephen Arkell – gone, but never forgotten.  EOW: Monday, May 12, 2014.

“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX

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