Tennessee Police Officer Shot in Ambush-Style 'Setup' After Responding to Call

A Nashville, Tennessee, police officer was shot late Tuesday night after being "set up" by the attacker, according to authorities.

Officer Brian Sherman, a two-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department, was responding shortly after 6 p.m. to a call that there was an active shooter when he was hit by gunfire. The caller told authorities that his brother had shot his mother and that shots were continuing to be fired inside the home at 7220 Sugarloaf Drive.

Three police officers responded at the residency. When they knocked on the door they were almost immediately hit by gunfire, police department spokesperson Don Aaron said at a press conference.

Sherman was hit by a bullet in the upper left arm. The officers then retreated from the home, and the other two officers provided aid to Sherman, who was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was treated for his injuries and released late Tuesday night.

The man who shot Sherman has been identified as 22-year-old Salman Mohamed. He was armed with a rifle, which he used against the responding officers before fatally shooting himself in the head. Aaron said officers first tried to negotiate with him but to "no avail," adding that no shots were fired by police.

"Now it's clear that the phone call to the communications center about an active shooter—that his mother had been shot—was a ruse, a setup to get police to the scene. No one else in the home was injured," Aaron said.

BREAKING: Officer Brian Sherman is being treated at Vanderbilt for gunshot wounds to his left arm. Sherman was hit while answering a call of a woman shot at 7220 Sugarloaf Dr. That call was a setup to get police to respond... pic.twitter.com/SHN1K3bzzk

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Aaron also said that police believe Mohamed made the 911 call, telling authorities he was "scared," and asked police to "please hurry" to the scene.

The shooter's mother and three siblings were inside the home at the time of the incident. Aaron said they are now at a neighbor's house and will soon be interviewed by police.

Mohamed's motives have not yet been determined. Authorities said they do not believe it was a hostage situation.

"We have to talk to family members to determine what has occurred here. We don't see any arrest history for Mohamed here in Nashville," Aaron said.

The three responding officers were not equipped with body cameras. Aaron said the responding SWAT officers did have body cameras, but by the time they arrived at the scene the shooter was already dead.

Aaron said that officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department have answered "some very dangerous calls" over the past few weeks.

"Certainly, these calls are sitting with our officers," the spokesman said. "You can't ignore them. It's very concerning what our officers are being confronted with over the past few weeks. It's very concerning."

Newsweek reached out for further comment to the Metro Nashville Police Department, but it did not have any additional information regarding the shooting.

Tennessee Police Officer Shot in Setup
Police close off an area damaged by an explosion on Christmas morning on December 25, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. On Tuesday, a member of the Metro Nashville Police Department was shot in what authorities have described as an ambush-style "setup." Terry Wyatt/Getty Images