Posted 10/25/23


The estranged son of Nashville’s police chief, who was wanted in the shooting of two police officers, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after leading police on a chase in a stolen car.

Police had been searching for John Drake Jr., 38, since Saturday, when two officers were shot and wounded outside a Dollar General store in La Vergne.

Authorities said Drake stole a car at gunpoint from a home southeast of downtown Tuesday night, Drake asked a man and woman in front of a home for a ride and when they were unable or unwilling to give him a ride, he pulled out a gun and demanded the car.

Officers spotted the car a short time later and followed it to the Edgehill area, where it crashed. Drake fled to a shed behind a home and when officers surrounded the area, a gunshot was heard.

Officers found Drake dead with a gunshot wound that was apparently self-inflicted. TBI will investigate Drake’s death and a full autopsy will be performed as a part of the investigation.