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Nashville, Tennessee — Metro Nashville Police released body-camera footage of a woman who was shot by an officer after charging at a fellow officer with a pick axe and baseball bat. Officers responded just after 5 p.m. to a residence in the 2800 block of Greer Road where a reportedly suicidal woman, Melissa Wooden, 33, had made statements that she wanted police to shoot her. Madison Precinct Officers Brandon Lopez, Ben Williams, and Thomas Denenea arrived at the location and were awaiting backup when they encountered Wooden in the front lawn near the road.
She was armed with a pick axe and baseball bat. Efforts at dialogue with Wooden were unsuccessful. Officer Williams deployed his Taser which appeared to have no impact. Wooden then charged Officer Williams with the pick axe and baseball bat. Officer Lopez fired on her in defense of Officer Williams and a family member of Wooden’s who was nearby. Wooden was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she is in stable condition.
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